Silicon Valley fans might never forget Jian Yang. Jian Yang was noteworthy since his introduction to the show. The actor who played Jian Yang is a Hong Kong-American actor, Jimmy O. Yang. Yang is also famous as a stand-up comedian. He was born on June 11, 1987, in British Hong Kong. During British control in Hong Kong, Yang was born Au-Yeung Man-Sing. Both of his parents were born in Shanghai and later they moved to Hong Kong. Yang’s family relocated to the United States in 2000. He was only thirteen years old at that time. They resided in Los Angeles, California. Yang’s aunt and grandmother had already relocated to the United States, and his parents followed them primarily to provide Yang and his brother, Roy, with better educational opportunities. He enrolled in eighth grade at John Burroughs Middle School when he arrived. He went on to Beverly Hills High School after that. Yang earned an economics degree from the University of California, San Diego in 2009. Mike Judge, a future Silicon Valley showrunner and fellow UCSD alumnus, was the commencement speaker at his college graduation. Let us get to know more about Jimmy O. Yang and his journey.
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His parents moved to Hong Kong from Shanghai, China. Richard Ouyang is his father’s name. Richard Ouyang is an actor who has appeared in films such as Love Arcadia (2015), Mahjong and the West (2014), and Buddy Solitaire (2016). Later, Richard Ouyang joined the same entertainment agency as his son. He’s since acted in a number of films, including Patriots Day, in which he played his son’s character’s father.
At the age of 21, Yang performed his debut stand-up set as “Lowball Jim” at the Ha Ha Comedy Club in Los Angeles. Yang interned with the financial consultancy firm Smith Barney in Beverly Hills, California, after graduation, but he found it unfulfilling and declined their offer to return. Rather, he went to San Diego to complete his requirements for graduation. After that, he stayed in the city and supported himself financially by selling used cars, DJing at a strip club, and seated clients at a comedy club while playing stand-up performances for free at The Comedy Palace. Sean Kelly, a stand-up comedian who ran the venue and eventually created the reality show Storage Hunters, was there when he met his mentor.
When he returned to Los Angeles, he signed up for Central Casting and numerous casting websites because of the low entry barrier. When a buddy told him there was money to be made in residual checks from advertisements, he was inspired to attempt acting. In the meantime, he performed stand-up performances throughout Southern California and enrolled in acting school. Yang was eventually signed to the Vesta Talent Agency as an actor. Yang made his TV debut in 2012 on CBS’s 2 Broke Girls, and his first late-night stand-up appearance in 2014 on The Arsenio Hall Show. He portrayed Tang-See in season 9 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Yang also played Nathan Chow, a high-school student who had a mental break, in an episode of Criminal Minds. He worked for the Harlem Globetrotters as a writer and consultant. He has also voiced characters in the video game Infamous Second Son. He co-starred in two films with Ryan Hansen, Like a Boss and Fantasy Island in 2020. These two films were premiered a month apart. Their characters were business colleagues in the first movie, and step-siblings with a profound affection for each other in the second. On May 8, 2020, his comedy special Good Deal was released on Amazon Prime Video. In Netflix’s Love Hard, he co-stars with Nina Dobrev. This will be his first romance movie.
Role in Silicon Valley
Yang began his career as a guest star on Silicon Valley, earning $900 per episode at first. Between the first and second seasons of the show, he appeared in three episodes and spent the money on a Prius so he could drive for Uber and earn money. He was upgraded to series regular for the second season. He had secured a series regular role on the Yahoo! Screen original television show Sin City Saints prior to the announcement, but he turned it down because it would have required him to leave Silicon Valley. From 2014 until 2019, the series aired.
- “When a Shanghainese person finds another Shanghainese in America, it’s like finding a best friend who has the same birthday and who also happens to be a long lost cousin.”
- “He said that this really is the land of opportunity, but most Americans just don’t see it because they’re simply too used to it. They don’t appreciate it and they don’t take advantage of it as much as people who move here from other countries do.”
- “Top Five Chinese Rules
1. Respect your parents, your elders and your teachers. Never talk back or challenge them under any circumstance.
2. Education is the most important thing. It’s more important than independence, the pursuit of happiness and sex.
3. Pay back your parents when you are working. We were all born with a student loan debt to our Asian parents. Asian parents’ retirement plans are their kids.
4. Always call your elders “Uncle” or “Auntie,” even if they are not related to you. Never call them by their first names.
5. Family first, money second, pursue your dreams never.”
Yang is also the author of the book How to American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents, in which he “shares his tale of growing up as a Chinese immigrant who sought a Hollywood career against his parents’ wishes.” The foreword was written by Mike Judge.