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We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story



by
Simu Liu

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
William Morrow (Adult)
ISBN
9780063046498
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Child Abuse , Language: Strong Language , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur
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The star of Marvel’s first Asian superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, tells his own origin story of being a Chinese immigrant, his battles with cultural stereotypes and his own identity, becoming a TV star, and landing the role of a lifetime.

In this honest, inspiring, and relatable memoir, newly minted superhero Simu Liu chronicles his family’s journey from China to the bright lights of Hollywood with razor-sharp wit and humor.

Simu's parents left him in the care of his grandparents, then brought him to Canada when he was four. Life as a Canuck, however, is not all that it was cracked up to be; Simu’s new guardians lack the gentle touch of his grandparents, resulting in harsh words and hurt feelings. His parents, on the other hand, find their new son emotionally distant and difficult to relate to—although they are related by blood, they are separated by culture, language, and values.

As Simu grows up, he plays the part of the pious child flawlessly—he gets straight A's, crushes national math competitions, and makes his parents proud. But as time passes, he grows increasingly disillusioned with the path that has been laid out for him. Less than a year out of college, at the tender age of 22, his life hits rock bottom when he is laid off from his first job as an accountant. Left to his own devices, and with nothing left to lose, Simu embarks on a journey that will take him far outside of his comfort zone into the world of show business.

Through a swath of rejection and comical mishaps, Simu's determination to carve out a path for himself leads him to not only succeed as an actor, but also to open the door to reconciling with his parents.

Full-color photographs. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Child Abuse , Language: Strong Language , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2022

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography

Topics

Simu Liu (1989– ). Childhood and youth. Family. Motion picture actors and actresses. Immigrants. Canada. Children of immigrants. Parents and children. Chinese Canadian identity. Self-esteem. Fame. Popularity. 

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Praise & Reviews

The Horn Book

The first Chinese star of a Marvel superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Chinese Canadian actor Liu relates his journey from struggling immigrant child-he lived with grandparents in China until age four, then joined his parents in Canada-to model student starting to question the goals set out for him, to taking some huge risks after being laid off from his first job and winding up a Hollywood star. With a 50,000-copy first printing; originally scheduled for May 2021.

Praise & Reviews

The Horn Book

The first Chinese star of a Marvel superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Chinese Canadian actor Liu relates his journey from struggling immigrant child-he lived with grandparents in China until age four, then joined his parents in Canada-to model student starting to question the goals set out for him, to taking some huge risks after being laid off from his first job and winding up a Hollywood star. With a 50,000-copy first printing; originally scheduled for May 2021.

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