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  • An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story
  • By: Simu Liu
  • Narrated by: Simu Liu
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (205 ratings)
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We Were Dreamers

By: Simu Liu
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Summary

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.

©2022 Simu Liu (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Simu Rocks

Loved the book . The immigrant story resonates in particular his struggles with his parents. It helps to remind us we are not alone in these struggles and both the generational and cultural differences can split immigrant families causing strife, misunderstanding and heartache. Simu has shown has there can be forgiveness and new beginnings at any age and it’s never to late to mend those relationships. I’ve had to watch Shang-Chi again ! Looking forward to seeing more of Simu on the screen

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Amazing story and insights

I was recommended this book by an Asian colleague. I loved it, but i also found it to be a great insight into the lives of second generation immigrants, that i just hadn’t imagined. Truly superb.
My only gripe, the sad moments felt very staged when the narrator’s voice starts breaking. Maybe it wasn’t and that was genuine emotion, in which case it’s for me to wonder why the display of emotion makes me uncomfortable.

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Add this to your listening list

To listen to an author narrate his own story in the way Simu Liu did, brought this book to life in a way I’ve never experienced before. His heartwarming account of growing up with his grandparents, transitioning to his new life in Canada and working his way up to becoming a Marvel superhero is a story I didn’t think I would be interested in at first. Oh how I was proven wrong! I feel like everyone can relate to his story in one form or another and I congratulate him on how well written and relevant his story is. I would highly recommend listening to the Audible version and immersing yourself in Simu’s journey. I look forward to seeing how the rest of his story unfolds.

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So powerful

I’d recommend this book to anyone. It was so good, and really quite moving. I knew Simu Liu from ShangChi but it was the synopsis of the book that intrigued me. It was a pretty random purchase but oh I’m so glad to have read it.

Absolutely loved it.

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Great first memoir

Really enjoyed the stories and anecdotes in this. Even though it spans a real sticker short amount of time in comparison to most memoirs it’s clear Simu has gone through a lot to be on the path he is now. It’s also eye opening to hear him discuss his family life as his career develops and the ups and downs along the way. Warm performance that definitely tries to engage with laughter too. Enjoyable

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Very impressive and impactful!

Really loved the book. Being a first generation immigrant it gives amazing insights on fulfilling your dreams and bringing up your children. The author brought life to the book through his amazing writing skills and narration!

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A story of grit and hope

Simu Liu’s story about his tumultuous climb as an Asian artist in America candidly outlined the present-day biases that still stand in the global arts scene. An inspiring read through and through that traces back to the generations before him that made everything he is today. This book has certainly gave me a little bit of hope as an aspiring Asian artist and musician with a dream to one day stand on a stage like his with my own Asian name.

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Amazing!

The best audiobook I have listend to so far this year! I laughed and cried and really enjoyed listening to Simu telling his story.

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Inspirational and Heartfelt

This book was emotional, inspirational and heartfelt. Definitely recommend to all!
Thank you Simu xo

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Absolutely incredible

One of the best memoirs that I have read, such an interesting insight into Simu's journey from China to Canada, including his complex relationship with his parents.

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