How to American: A Narcissistic Memoir Disguised as an Immigrant Story

How to American: A Narcissistic Memoir Disguised as an Immigrant Story Review

Standup comic, actor and fan favorite from the popular HBO series Silicon Valley shares his memoir of growing up as a Chinese immigrant in California and making it in Hollywood.

Jimmy O. Yang is about to have his moment. You've likely seen the standup comic and actor starring as a series regular, the fan favorite character Jian Yang in Mike Judge's Emmy-nominated HBO comedy Silicon Valley. Or you may have caught his first dramatic turn in director Peter Berg's acclaimed film Patriot's Day. Next up: Jimmy O. Yang continues his role as Jian Yang in HBO's confirmed, upcoming fifth season of Silicon Valley; a part in the much anticipated film adaptation of the National Bestseller Crazy Rich Asians; and a major role opposite Melissa McCarthy in the comedy Life of the Party. His family emigrated from Hong Kong to Los Angeles when he was 13. Can you think of a worse time for a young adolescent who didn't speak English to be thrown into the Los Angeles School District with its notorious income gap, mean girls, and children of the Hollywood elite?

In his first book, How to American, Yang shares his stories--always hilarious, often resonant--of learning our customs, assimilating into our culture, and figuring out how to date high school girls who were six inches taller than him, all while enduring the constant pressure from his sometimes overbearing parents to go to medical school and become a doctor. In his book, we see firsthand what Yang's experienced as an immigrant and the things he did and didn't do to progress into a star on the rise. How to American features chapters on a wide range of topics, from "How to Thuglife" (what Yang learned about America by watching BET RapCity, three hours of rap music videos a day) to "How to Hollywood" (making the best of the limited roles given to him, to eventually playing the boyfriend of a white girl in the upcoming Melissa McCarthy star vehicle Life of The Party, the Holy Grail of Asian actors).

Title:How to American: A Narcissistic Memoir Disguised as an Immigrant Story

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  • Valerity *

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book, it was funny and smart and ended before I was ready to be finished with it. I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I expected to, as I'd never heard of Jim...

  • Diego

    This book is absolutely hilarious. Pretty much reminds me of my Asian friends. His experiences in LA are actually pretty crazy. Great point of the book is to never give up. I need to catch up on Silic...

  • Maya

    I picked this up because I love the author's character on Silicon Valley and I was interested to know more about him. I also enjoy memoirs about the immigrant experience and thought this would be an i...

  • Brian's Book Blog

    Hilarious But Also Full Of Interesting Stories4.5 out of 5 starsI didn’t realize just how much I was going to enjoy this book until I was in tears from laughing on my way into work. I listen to audi...

  • Teresa

    Funny memoir ...

  • Hanson Ho

    4 stars just because Jimmy O. Yang is the only comic or actor I know who immigrated from HK to North America as a child....

  • Kayo

    Love to read about celebs before they get where they are. This book seemed genuine. If your ready to just laugh out loud,this is it!Thanks to author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read thi...

  • Allen Adams

    http://www.themaineedge.com/buzz/how-...The United States is a nation of immigrants. And every single one of those immigrants has a different and unique American experience.Comedian Jimmy O. Yang is p...

  • Stella

    Funny, smart and WAY too short, How to American from Jimmy O. Yang is the story of his life. From his failed child stardom as a ping pong player to his immigration to America, he shares the joy and st...

  • Mothra

    From ditching an opportunity at Smith Barney to almost becoming a manager of a strip club, Jimmy Yang's pursuit of the American dream will ring true to all Asian immigrants and Asian-Americans who wen...