Ready for her close up
By Grace F. Yang
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LOS ANGELES – Imagine uprooting your life, leaving behind your husband and relatives and traveling to one of the largest cities in the country in order to break into the most exclusive industry in the world.
In her new book, “It’s a Long Way from China to Hollywood”, Grace F. Yang recounts the story of her struggle to acclimate to the peculiarities of American society while trying to help her daughter break into the entertainment industry. Yang, raised in communist China, moved to Houston with her job and brought over her daughter Yvonne and husband Lu for a better life. Soon, Yang moved again: This time, to Los Angeles when Yvonne expressed interest in breaking into the entertainment industry.
Once settled in LA, mother and daughter began to realize that they had landed in a town very different than anywhere else.
“There are some funny situations in the book,” says Yang. “When we first moved to Hollywood, I think it was a culture shock for both of us. There were so many things I have dealt with in Los Angeles that I never dealt with in China.”
Despite the struggle to raise her daughter in an unfamiliar culture, Yang is sure to emphasize that she doesn’t regret her move from Texas to LA, leaving behind her husband and family.
“I was raised in communist China and our resources were limited,” says Yang. “I was not able to shoot for my dreams and that’s why I’ve supported my daughter in her endeavors. I need to speak out and show that most Chinese families are full of love and support for each other.”
Grace F. Yang was born in China in 1964. She emigrated to the United States with her daughter and now lives in Los Angeles. A full-time realtor, Grace enjoys acting in her spare time. She has made appearances on the TV shows 24 and 1000 Ways to Die. She and her daughter Yvonne acted as mother and daughter in the movie Still the Drums. Yang has also performed in music videos and theatre and has done print and voice-over work. She currently lives in California. http://gracefyang.com