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  • How to American

  • An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents
  • By: Jimmy O. Yang, Mike Judge - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jimmy O. Yang
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
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  • Story
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Jimmy O. Yang is a stand-up comedian, film and TV actor and fan favorite as the character Jian Yang from the popular HBO series Silicon Valley. In How to American, he shares his story of growing up as a Chinese immigrant who pursued a Hollywood career against the wishes of his parents: Yang arrived in Los Angeles from Hong Kong at age 13, learned English by watching BET's Rap City for three hours a day, and worked as a strip club DJ while pursuing his comedy career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had to pull over I was laughing so hard

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-23-18

An unexpected journey.

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Reviewed: 04-03-18

Funny, unconventional and inspirational. This book is a unique look at the story and journey of one individual through life in an attempt to follow his dream to become a comedian and actor in America. Jimmy bares his story in a transparent honesty that introduces you to him, the various individuals he meets on his journey and ultimately his struggles in a way that leaves you laughing out loud, feeling inspired to follow your passion no matter the risks involved, and understanding the ultimate struggle of an immigrant trying to find their place in a new culture. You'll come to love Jimmy, his family, his friends and in the end will come to know a person who you only knew as Jian Yang from silicon valley.

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