Sidesplitter: How To Be From Two Worlds At Once
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Phil Wang is a clever and funny guy. He did go to Cambridge University after all and he is a successful comedian. These two attributes come together nicely here as Wang presents his thoughts and experiences on the challenges and delights of being a child (and adult) of two cultures. I think about race a lot because I have no choice. The child of a white woman and an Asian man, the subject of race has always been a part of my life and it always will be."
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Wang won the 2010 Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Award  and, in 2011, Comedy Central's Funniest Student Award. In 2012, he was president of Footlights at Cambridge University, where he did a four-year engineering degree.  Wang has since performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe  and at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It's not a topic I've ever thought of, as a middle class white boy, so it's refreshing to get such an honest view on what it's like not only to stand out as a Malaysian in Britain but as a Brit in Malaysia. Sometimes it might be an alienation of never really fitting in, or it might be the appreciation for being part of two very different groups of people, or a mix of the two. Sometimes, those eccentricities are what you and I might call idealism: his sister refusing to eat octopus because it’s too intelligent, say, or cyclists seeking to traverse the urban environment without threat to their lives. I don’t always love Wang’s choosing to joke at these people’s expense – but there’s no denying he does so very entertainingly.
Sidesplitter: How To Be From Two Worlds At Once by Phil Wang
This is an important reference book covering the pop history of Asian -Americans over the last thirty years. As such, it belongs on the shelves of most young Asian-Americans, their parents, and every library. The format is engaging and as an older white woman (albeit the mother of two half-Asian children) I recognized very little in here other than the very well-known (i.e. Fresh Off the Boat, George Takei. and some of the politicians). And that is precisely why this is a necessary book. I’m not usually a non-fiction reader! I struggle with taking it in and staying focused when it’s on paper but I thoroughly enjoyed this! I think I’ll choose to listen to memoirs/non-fiction books from now on! I loved the way that Phil was able to use his comedy expertise to inject some fun into his narration of the book. I’m not sure some of the jokes would have come across as well on paper.How JIS Brunei enabled these students to enter the world's elite universities". Study International News. 19 October 2018 . Retrieved 12 June 2020. Wang had landed in Bath, “a spa town for people who find Cheltenham too ethnic”, he writes in Sidesplitter. He did well at school academically, but didn’t exactly integrate and it was this that led him to put himself up for his school’s comedy show. “It was because I felt so uncool and alien,” he says, “that I was like, ‘I’m going to show people that I’m funny. That I’m interesting. That I’m worth their time.’” His material for the performance was heavily influenced – OK, stolen – from the Canadian comedian Russell Peters and the American standup Jim Gaffigan. “But I wasn’t paid for the gig,” says Wang. “So they’ve got no legal recourse. I want that in print.” Sidesplitter is non-fiction book by Phil Wang based on various topics. Although it’s definitely not a memoir as he makes very clear!