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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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446

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

Funny and necessary

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-18

Would you consider the audio edition of How to American to be better than the print version?

Yes. Sometimes authors aren't the best choice to read their own books, but comedians with good delivery and timing like Jimmy do a great job.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to American?

I liked the early years, the culture shock and his relationship with his family - his father in particular. I would have liked to hear more about how this time was for all of them - particularly his older brother.

What about Jimmy O. Yang’s performance did you like?

His voicing of his father - so relatable if you have Asian parents.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The struggles his mother had assimilating, and how that must have been hard on him and his family.

Any additional comments?

In todays climate in particular it is important to get the lived experiences of immigrants out there - we hear a lot of talk *about* immigrants, but we should also hear *from* immigrants. We have agency, and for Asian Americans in particular I think sometimes our desire to assimilate stops us from getting that out there.

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