How to American
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).

How to American Details

TitleHow to American
Author
ReleaseMar 13th, 2018
PublisherDa Capo Press
ISBN-139780306903496
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Audiobook

How to American Review

  • Valerity *
    January 1, 1970
    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 Jimmy O. Yang, or seen anything he's been in prior to getting it.Lucky for me, it turned out to be a good experience. After reading the foreword by Mike Judge, I learned that Jimmy was born in Hong Kong and moved to the US just before starting high school. He learned English by watching BET, the Black 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 Jimmy O. Yang, or seen anything he's been in prior to getting it.Lucky for me, it turned out to be a good experience. After reading the foreword by Mike Judge, I learned that Jimmy was born in Hong Kong and moved to the US just before starting high school. He learned English by watching BET, the Black Entertainment Television station and seeing videos by all of the hottest rappers like Tupac, Jay-Z, Snoop Dog, etc. After college, he started doing stand up comedy, but it wasn't enough to support him. He branched out into acting jobs doing commercials, whatever kind of acting jobs he could to get experience. Then he landed a role on HBO"s "Silicon Valley" playing Jian Yang, and started becoming recognized by some fans. He also later got the hero Dun Meng in Mark Wahlberg's movie about the Boston Bombing "Patriot's Day". Now his book is coming out well done, Jimmy It could be interesting to see what direction his goals and interests take him in next. We will just have to watch him and see.An advance digital copy was provided by NetGalley, Jimmy O. Yang, and DaCapo Press for my honest review. Date of publication is March 13
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  • Diego
    January 1, 1970
    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 Silicon Valley.
  • Maya
    January 1, 1970
    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 interesting take. This definitely did not disappoint! It was a quick and enjoyable read that feels genuine. This was smart and funny and I would 100% recommend it! Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy!
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  • Brian's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    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 audiobooks in my car and this was absolutely hilarious. So funny (especially the chapter about working with T.J. Miller) that I think people thought I was crazy in my car.Jimmy O. Yang – better known as Jian Yang on the hit tv-show Silicon Valley came to America as a young child. He spent his early childh 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 audiobooks in my car and this was absolutely hilarious. So funny (especially the chapter about working with T.J. Miller) that I think people thought I was crazy in my car.Jimmy O. Yang – better known as Jian Yang on the hit tv-show Silicon Valley came to America as a young child. He spent his early childhood learning how to speak English watching BET. And became a stand-up, not for not-so-normal reasons. How To American tells these stories and many others about the life of Jimmy O. Yang so far.I knew Jian Yang — aka Jimmy from Silicon Valley. When I saw that he wrote a book I was on board. I did not know he was a standup comedian (I love all things standup related). I also didn’t know pretty much anything about him before reading this. I’m really glad I took the 6 hours to read this one. Jimmy is a hilarious and thoughtful writer – who would make me laugh one second talking about how his dad would insult him and in the next moment would make me think deeply about the people around me.That’s the thing about this book and Jimmy in general – they are full of surprises. Silicon Valley fans will be happy that there are about 3 chapters around the show along with one really funny one about his interaction with T.J. Miller – “I eat the fish”. But How To American has so much more in it. I loved the stories about his early “rap” career along with the stories related to being a strip club DJ.How To American was so much more than I expected and I’m thrilled. Jimmy is a fascinating guy and I can’t wait to see where his career takes him.
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  • Hanson Ho
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    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 this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
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  • Stella
    January 1, 1970
    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 struggle of being a teenage immigrant. I know of Jimmy because of his role as Jian Yang, but he's so much more than that. Stories of his family and college life were very familiar. Asian people, as a whole, aren't very affectionate. My own mother has only recently started telling us that she loves us 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 struggle of being a teenage immigrant. I know of Jimmy because of his role as Jian Yang, but he's so much more than that. Stories of his family and college life were very familiar. Asian people, as a whole, aren't very affectionate. My own mother has only recently started telling us that she loves us or is proud of us. There's a need to be a success. Jimmy majors in economics because he knows it's what expected, but his drive to do something else is far greater.This is a feel-good story. There's nothing TOO scandalous or gossipy. Jimmy is still a fan at heart. This is a story that is still going, and I'm excited to watch. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    You may know Jimmy O. Yang from HBO's Silicon Valley, where he plays Jian Yang. "How to American" chronicles his life leading up to the show, from his stint as a child ping-pong star in Hong Kong to his job as a strip club DJ in San Diego. That should give you a taste of how varied (and often unbelieveable) his experiences are. Whether he's recounting an awkward moment from his youth or just last year, he will definitely make you laugh. And cringe. But mostly laugh.There are two things I look fo You may know Jimmy O. Yang from HBO's Silicon Valley, where he plays Jian Yang. "How to American" chronicles his life leading up to the show, from his stint as a child ping-pong star in Hong Kong to his job as a strip club DJ in San Diego. That should give you a taste of how varied (and often unbelieveable) his experiences are. Whether he's recounting an awkward moment from his youth or just last year, he will definitely make you laugh. And cringe. But mostly laugh.There are two things I look for when reading an autobiography: 1) do I feel like I've made a friend? and 2) does the author have a story worth telling? The answer to both questions is yes (just waiting for that follow back), so Jimmy O. Yang and "How to American" get a win in my books.Note: I received a free ebook in exchange for an honest review – many thanks to NetGalley, Perseus Books, and Da Capo Press.
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  • xq
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly had no idea who Jimmy O. Yang was before I read this book, I just saw Awkwafina mentioned the book on her Instagram and was like oh I'm also an Asian immigrant, that looks fun. Ended up devouring this book in a day; it was really funny and made me appreciate that there are other people in situations similar to mine where we feel/are American but also feel/are very not American at the same time. Also, the part about they joy when Shanghainese people find each other outside of Shanghai I honestly had no idea who Jimmy O. Yang was before I read this book, I just saw Awkwafina mentioned the book on her Instagram and was like oh I'm also an Asian immigrant, that looks fun. Ended up devouring this book in a day; it was really funny and made me appreciate that there are other people in situations similar to mine where we feel/are American but also feel/are very not American at the same time. Also, the part about they joy when Shanghainese people find each other outside of Shanghai was my favorite. Loved reading about his family and adventures in LA too, was rooting for Jimmy the whole way! Well-written and just a happy book :)
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  • Pete
    January 1, 1970
    How to American : A Narcissistic Memoir Disguised as an Immigrant's Story (2018) by Jimmy Yang is a fun read about Yang's immigration to America, schooling and rise to becoming a stand up comedian and a successful actor. Yang now has a role on the highly amusing Silicon Valley.The book is pretty funny on occasion. It didn't  make me laugh as much as some other books by comedians have, but it definitely did make a lot of people laugh. For anyone who likes Silicon Valley or Yang's stand up it's de How to American : A Narcissistic Memoir Disguised as an Immigrant's Story (2018) by Jimmy Yang is a fun read about Yang's immigration to America, schooling and rise to becoming a stand up comedian and a successful actor. Yang now has a role on the highly amusing Silicon Valley.The book is pretty funny on occasion. It didn't  make me laugh as much as some other books by comedians have, but it definitely did make a lot of people laugh. For anyone who likes Silicon Valley or Yang's stand up it's definitely worth a read. 
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  • Joanna
    January 1, 1970
    Loved thisDo you know how many times I had to put this book down because I was laughing too hard? This was absolutely incredible. As someone who also grew up in Hong Kong with Hong Kong parents, there were so many things I could relate to. That made Jimmy's success so much more amazing, because knowing where he came from and seeing how far he's gone just blows my mind. Hope he continues to do well - it feels like Hong Kong is literally unknown to Hollywood right now - so great to be represented, Loved thisDo you know how many times I had to put this book down because I was laughing too hard? This was absolutely incredible. As someone who also grew up in Hong Kong with Hong Kong parents, there were so many things I could relate to. That made Jimmy's success so much more amazing, because knowing where he came from and seeing how far he's gone just blows my mind. Hope he continues to do well - it feels like Hong Kong is literally unknown to Hollywood right now - so great to be represented, and Jimmy is doing an excellent job!
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  • Laura Myers
    January 1, 1970
    This book is just plain FUN! I discovered an affinity for Mr Jimmy O Yang. He’s hysterical. Since reading his book I’ve begun watching Silicon Valley. Jimmy is sweet and charming. I hope Jimmy continues to write. His immigrant story is tender and incredible. I can honestly say it’s the first time I’d heard of an immigrant learning English from the BET channel. Jimmy has melted my heart. Frankly, I wish his father would write his story, too, I imagine it’s fascinating.
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  • Sonja
    January 1, 1970
    I heard Jimmy Yang on NPR and thought he was funny. I have not watched Silicon Valley, but will now. His story of becoming American is funny and grimy at the same time. I would like to see his stand up.Very light and distracting.
  • B K McIntire
    January 1, 1970
    An uplifting coming of age depictionThis was a quick and enjoyable read. Jimmy O. Yang describes his inner feelings and aspirations as a young immigrant in a thoughtful and touching way. His successes are impressive, and I predict a bright and productive future for him.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Hilarious memoir by the actor who plays one of my favorites--Jian Yang on Silicon Valley. He's had an interesting life, and I particularly enjoyed the audio version.
  • Chris Karr
    January 1, 1970
    Should be required reading for all Americans - those who were born here, and those who chose to come here.
  • Meegen
    January 1, 1970
    Super funny and relatable in some ways. Loved learning more about this interesting actor.
  • Jhoanna
    January 1, 1970
    📚📚📚1/2 (Libro.fm audiobook)
  • Lisa Cleveland
    January 1, 1970
    I've never heard of Jimmy O. Yang. Not a surprise, mostly because I don't watch television/movies. I'm always interested in immigrant stories, and Jimmys is good. He's funny and personable, and he's had one heck of a life. I can't imagine how difficult it would be for me to move to Hong Kong from America. Different culture and language? Forget about it! Jimmy cracked me up repeatedly throughout this book, and made me think. This is one book I'd recommend.
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