Adult Reads: We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story

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We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story by Simu Liu

“Don’t let Simu Liu fool you. On the outside you may see boyish good looks, talent, and a body made of tightly coiled muscle. But on the inside? It’s quite good-looking in there, too. Strong heart, beautiful ligaments, and a soul made of spun sugar. Also, he wrote this hilarious and heartfelt story about growing up, finding yourself, and seizing your moment.” -Ryan Reynolds

We Were Dreamers is the best-selling memoir of Simu Liu, the handsome and charismatic actor who first came to public attention as Jung Kim on the beloved TV series Kim’s Convenience. These days, he’s an international star, having earned the title role in Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a particularly-well liked entry in Marvel’s mega-popular movie series.

Liu’s autobiography shares the story of his arrival in Canada, the stresses he faced as the child of immigrants, and his eventual rise to Hollywood stardom. As a young child, Liu’s parents left him in the care of his kindly grandparents before seeking a better life in Canada. When his parents eventually brought their son to Canada, the abrupt change in both guardianship and culture resulted in Liu struggling to connect with his parents, and to meet their expectations.

There’s a lot to love about this book. The author’s genial voice comes through in his writing, and his struggles to adapt to a new culture will be familiar to a great many Canadians. When he finally reaches Hollywood, he does so after years of hard work and with a true awareness of his own good fortune. This book is highly recommended for those who are interested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kim’s Convenience, memoirs, and the immigrant experience.

We Were Dreamers is available at the Library as a book and an eBook. Simu Liu appears on DVD in Kim’s Convenience seasons 1-5 and Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.


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