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Author: Jimmy O. Yang Narrator: Jimmy O. Yang Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2018 ISBN: 9781478998969
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Stand-up 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 stand-up 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’s Rap City, 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).

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  • “Hilarious, heartfelt, and inspiring, How to American captures the Asian-American experience. A must-read for everyone.”

    Ken Jeong, comedian

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About the Author

Jimmy O. Yang is an actor, stannd-up comedian, and writer best known for his portrayal of hilarious intern Jian Yang on HBO’s Emmy-nominated comedy series Silicon Valley. Born in Hong Kong, Yang made his television debut on the CBS series 2 Broke Girls and his first late-night stand-up appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, where he received a rare standing ovation. Other television credits include DirecTV’s Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight, CBS’ Battle Creek and Criminal Minds, FXX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He is currently recurring on TruTV’s half hour comedy series, Those Who Can’t. Yang is based in Los Angeles.