We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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, Simu Liu chronicles his family's journey from China to the bright lights of Hollywood with wit and humour.
As a child, Simu's parents left him in the care of his grandparents, bringing him to Canada when he was four. However, Simu soon senses that his new guardians lack the gentle touch of his grandparents, resulting in harsh words and hurt feelings between him and his parents, who find their 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, performs exceptionally in national math competitions and makes his parents proud. However, as time passes, he grows increasingly disillusioned with the path that has been laid out for him.
Less than a year out of university, he is fired from his first job and hits rock bottom. He develops a determination centred around creating his own path. This leads him to not only succeeding as an actor but also opens the door to reconciling with his parents.
We Were Dreamers is a story about growing up between cultures, finding your family and becoming the master of your own extraordinary circumstance.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 9 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||17 May 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 952 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Emigrants & Immigrants Biographies
3 in Asian & Asian Americans Biographies
13 in Individual Directors
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What a journey.
Honestly, I applaud him for opening up the way he did. His journey from China to Canada, his turbulent family relationships, to finding his footing, working to defy odds to achieve his dreams, and the road leading to Shang-Chi.
Simu did not shy away from his relationship with his parents growing up, he has made it known they didn’t have the best relationship growing up and this book gave a real insight and dug deeper into that and his parents own story growing up. But also how far they’ve come now.
In parts I was smiling, laughing (out loud in public at one point, getting odd looks in the process), cringing, and crying, there were tears (hearing him talk about certain things made it so much more emotional) and just rooting for him the entire time.
Simu has a way with words, (interviews have already shown a glimpse of this), but reading (and hearing) his own words, written by him, in his own book, just further more shows how articulate he truly is. His words flowed and kept me engaged right from the start. I’ve read other autobios/memoirs and given up because the writing wasn’t great. But not this. I want more. Would love for him to write more in the future.
Simu really is a superhero; defied and overcame so many odds but isn’t stopping, is just getting started and I can’t wait to see what’s next for him.
We Were Dreamers is an open, honest, raw, full of heart, emotional, inspiring, at many a times, hilarious, and relatable read.
(I read the eBook with audiobook, Simu himself narrating)
Also surprised about how well written it was. Hard to put down.