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Marvel's newest recruit shares his own inspiring and unexpected origin story, from China to the bright lights of Hollywood. An immigrant who battles everything from parental expectations to cultural stereotypes, Simu Liu struggles to forge a path for himself, rising from the ashes of a failed accounting career (yes, you read that right) to become Shang-Chi. Our story begins Marvel's newest recruit shares his own inspiring and unexpected origin story, from China to the bright lights of Hollywood. An immigrant who battles everything from parental expectations to cultural stereotypes, Simu Liu struggles to forge a path for himself, rising from the ashes of a failed accounting career (yes, you read that right) to become Shang-Chi. Our story begins in the city of Harbin, where Simu's parents have left him in the care of his grandparents while they seek to build a future for themselves in Canada. One day, a mysterious stranger shows up at the door; it's Simu's father, who whisks him away from the only home he had ever known and to the land of opportunity and maple syrup.   Life in the new world, 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 son well; he gets A's, crushes national math competitions, and makes his parents proud. But as time goes on, he grows increasingly disillusioned with the expectations placed on his shoulders, and finds it harder and harder to keep up the charade.   Barely a year out of college, his life hits rock bottom when he is laid off from his first job as an accountant. Unemployed, riddled with shame and with nothing left to lose, Simu finds an ad on Craigslist that will send him on a wildly unexpected journey, into the mysterious world of show business.   Through a swath of rejections and comical mishaps, it is ultimately Simu's determination to carve out a path for himself that leads him to not only succeed as an actor, but also open the door to reconciling with his parents. After all, the courage to pursue his ambitions at all costs is something that he inherited from his parents, who themselves defied impossible odds in order to come to Canada.  We Were Dreamers is more than a celebrity memoir - it's a story about growing up between cultures, finding your family, and becoming the master of your own extraordinary circumstance.


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Marvel's newest recruit shares his own inspiring and unexpected origin story, from China to the bright lights of Hollywood. An immigrant who battles everything from parental expectations to cultural stereotypes, Simu Liu struggles to forge a path for himself, rising from the ashes of a failed accounting career (yes, you read that right) to become Shang-Chi. Our story begins Marvel's newest recruit shares his own inspiring and unexpected origin story, from China to the bright lights of Hollywood. An immigrant who battles everything from parental expectations to cultural stereotypes, Simu Liu struggles to forge a path for himself, rising from the ashes of a failed accounting career (yes, you read that right) to become Shang-Chi. Our story begins in the city of Harbin, where Simu's parents have left him in the care of his grandparents while they seek to build a future for themselves in Canada. One day, a mysterious stranger shows up at the door; it's Simu's father, who whisks him away from the only home he had ever known and to the land of opportunity and maple syrup.   Life in the new world, 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 son well; he gets A's, crushes national math competitions, and makes his parents proud. But as time goes on, he grows increasingly disillusioned with the expectations placed on his shoulders, and finds it harder and harder to keep up the charade.   Barely a year out of college, his life hits rock bottom when he is laid off from his first job as an accountant. Unemployed, riddled with shame and with nothing left to lose, Simu finds an ad on Craigslist that will send him on a wildly unexpected journey, into the mysterious world of show business.   Through a swath of rejections and comical mishaps, it is ultimately Simu's determination to carve out a path for himself that leads him to not only succeed as an actor, but also open the door to reconciling with his parents. After all, the courage to pursue his ambitions at all costs is something that he inherited from his parents, who themselves defied impossible odds in order to come to Canada.  We Were Dreamers is more than a celebrity memoir - it's a story about growing up between cultures, finding your family, and becoming the master of your own extraordinary circumstance.

30 review for We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    4.5 stars This was so inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. I adore Simu, so I was super excited to read his memoir! And his story is simultaneously really sad and really inspiring. He didn’t have the easiest childhood, that’s for sure, and he’s been through so my h to get where he is today. But I loved listening to his story, and it’s super inspiring to hear a success story from someone who doubted themselves and wander sure if they could ever make their dreams a reality. Simu is a very 4.5 stars This was so inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. I adore Simu, so I was super excited to read his memoir! And his story is simultaneously really sad and really inspiring. He didn’t have the easiest childhood, that’s for sure, and he’s been through so my h to get where he is today. But I loved listening to his story, and it’s super inspiring to hear a success story from someone who doubted themselves and wander sure if they could ever make their dreams a reality. Simu is a very talented actor and writer and I can’t wait to see what he does in the future! Also, if you’re planning to read this one, I’d highly recommend the audiobook, it’s fanatic and his voice is *chefs kiss* 😍

  2. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    will never apologize for the rabid affection this man sparks in me every time he speaks or posts or does literally anything

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    "I had some very rudimentary understanding of the importance of representation in media and arts before, but watching Kim's Convenience really hit home the value of seeing yourself reflected in the world you live in." °•*⁀➷ There are so many incredible words written into this memoir, but as this is what Simu has consistently stood for in every word he wrote, I think it's easily the most important to highlight. I also wanted to say that while there are so many celebrities I wish I could meet, ther "I had some very rudimentary understanding of the importance of representation in media and arts before, but watching Kim's Convenience really hit home the value of seeing yourself reflected in the world you live in." °•*⁀➷ There are so many incredible words written into this memoir, but as this is what Simu has consistently stood for in every word he wrote, I think it's easily the most important to highlight. I also wanted to say that while there are so many celebrities I wish I could meet, there are only a select few that it's a goal of mine to actually talk to. To know he was in Syracuse only a few years ago to talk to students and I wasn't there... it just about breaks my heart in half. Missed opportunities, one that I hope will only lead to an opportunity not missed in the future. I can't pinpoint the moment where I realized Simu was different. Every actor is fueled by their heart and their drive, but we all have actors that make us feel seen and recognized more than others. Simu was like that for me. Not because I'm someone of color, but because when I watched Shang-Chi for the first time, I was hooked from the very first minute. I only got into Marvel when Endgame came out, so I'm still relatively new to the stories. I fell in love with Chris Evans acting, and when Simu showed up on screen, I fell in love all the same. There's just something about them that transcends who they're portraying, and makes everything around them feel real. It's magic. I see now that it's because no matter how much he was steered in a different direction, Simu always wanted to be a hero. It may have started as wanting to be an astronaut, but that only makes me love him more. The stars, space and all of their mysteries is one of my favorite things to read about. We have that in common (so does Chris Evans. Since Simu mentioned him, I feel it's only right to give him his rightful place in this review). The story of his parents, while heavy and heart breaking and hard for me to understand, really captured why he's so driven. Why he feels like he's always had to prove himself. Why when his moment came, he went into it with no qualms or regrets. He asked the question "What makes me worthy" and I wrote out simply... because you asked that question. Asking what makes you worthy ALWAYS makes you worthy. It's the idea that even though this roll is what he's dreamed about his entire life, he still asks why he deserves it over anyone else. It's inspiring. I loved that when he wrote of his struggles with a 9-5 job he explained so perfectly what it feels like to be lost in expectations. I love that he wrote, "Whether you like it or not, you're getting better at something every day." And then follows it up with, "No matter what you choose to do with your day, you are either helping to create a new habit or solidifying old ones." To make yourself aware that every action you take doesn't necessarily have a good outcome... I think I really needed to hear that. I think a lot of us do, especially in the wake up a pandemic that allowed us to be lazy in so many ways. I liked Simu before I read this book. I knew there was something about him that was different and regal and special. I knew that with how much I already love Shang-Chi, I would only fall more in love with what he would do to bring the character to life over and over again. But reading this book, seeing his drive and recognizing myself in the heaviness of expectation.... I know I'm going to love him for as long as he chooses to be on the big screen. I hope it's a very long time. I hope one day I'll be able to say I met him and told him how meaningful his journey is. Not only for his community, but for those that want to learn as well. For those that want to tell him his perseverance is just as important as everything else. I love you, Simu. I can't wait to see what you do next. - Paige

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Machin

    I'm a huge fan of Simu Liu's, and I loved his work on KIM'S CONVENIENCE, and I've watched Shang-Chi at least four times (three times in a movie theatre in the middle of a pandemic, no less! I risked my life to see it! Three times!), so when Simu previewed the cover on his IG, I 100% screamed and went to check Edelweiss for an ARC. WE WERE DREAMERS was a joy to read. It was full of humor, honesty, and inspiration, and it brims with Asian excellence, laughs, a healthy dose of teenage cringe (like, I'm a huge fan of Simu Liu's, and I loved his work on KIM'S CONVENIENCE, and I've watched Shang-Chi at least four times (three times in a movie theatre in the middle of a pandemic, no less! I risked my life to see it! Three times!), so when Simu previewed the cover on his IG, I 100% screamed and went to check Edelweiss for an ARC. WE WERE DREAMERS was a joy to read. It was full of humor, honesty, and inspiration, and it brims with Asian excellence, laughs, a healthy dose of teenage cringe (like, SUPER cringe, dudes), and a lot more N*Sync than I expected. I laughed, I spoke obnoxiously at length about this ARC to my friends, and I read in awe of his determination to become an actor. Moreover, I deeply respect his honesty about his road to super hero stardom, particularly in relation to his rocky relationship with his self-esteem and his identity as an Asian creative, as well as his relationship with his parents. As a Chinese immigration myself, I related all too well to many parts of his own stories of his adolescent. Many folks of the Asian diaspora will seem themselves in Simu's memoir, and for that, I'm so glad this book exists. I really enjoyed this memoir, and it was a ton of fun to read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Morelia (Strandedinbooks)

    Simu, if you are reading this, MARRY ME?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    Audiobook….read by the author Simu Liu ….8 hours and 10 minutes I couldn’t figure out why this audiobook had the LONGEST wait lines at every library I use throughout the SFBay area. Finally I said to myself “F-it”. I’ll use one of my Audible credits and just purchased it. I’m sorry I did. I could have definitely waited longer…. There is ‘no’ reason I see that anyone ‘must-read-this-book now’. Simu Liu is the star of Marvel’s first Asian superhero film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (a Audiobook….read by the author Simu Liu ….8 hours and 10 minutes I couldn’t figure out why this audiobook had the LONGEST wait lines at every library I use throughout the SFBay area. Finally I said to myself “F-it”. I’ll use one of my Audible credits and just purchased it. I’m sorry I did. I could have definitely waited longer…. There is ‘no’ reason I see that anyone ‘must-read-this-book now’. Simu Liu is the star of Marvel’s first Asian superhero film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (all of what means nothing to me one way or another) …. I’ve never seen his movies. I was curious in learning ‘what was the big deal’ about this guy’ ….and knowing (myself)… always interested in ‘everything Canada’… and …..(knowing myself these days)….. desiring easy listening audio companionship while unpacking boxes- re- washing dishes, silverware, etc. ….. I figured with nothing but 5 star ratings (on Amazon anyway)… it must be ‘fantastic’. So…. Here’s the thing about the book for me…. ….when throwing out Tupperware, (replacing Pyrex storage containers instead), was more interesting, ….then it’s not a book I’d particularly ‘rave’ about. Yeah … Simu has an engaging audio-voice. I happen to love many of the same things he does about Canada —(starting with Canada’s delicious tasting tap water)…. plus I enjoyed him sharing about the revolution in China —and I respect the triumph for immigrants everywhere… but …..? ….was I really the only person that was semi-put off with is narcissistic humor? I didn’t find it funny when he said “shame on those who skipped over the first part of the book” dedicated to his parents and grandparents — (I didn’t skip over it yet I felt the ‘dig’)…. I was equally underwhelmed by his casual “let’s back up, shall we” style of writing and speaking as I was occasionally attentive to his ‘fight-against-the-world’. 3 average stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    jenny✨

    truly, this was one of the best audiobook experiences i've ever had. i would wholeheartedly recommend listening to simu liu narrate his story aloud, as his expressive voice brings the words to life - at times deadpan, at times emotional, and at times mischievous, he is always compulsively listenable. as a chinese person who grew up in canada around the same time as the author, i resonated with so many parts of his experience. i definitely feel seen and understood within these pages - sometimes u truly, this was one of the best audiobook experiences i've ever had. i would wholeheartedly recommend listening to simu liu narrate his story aloud, as his expressive voice brings the words to life - at times deadpan, at times emotional, and at times mischievous, he is always compulsively listenable. as a chinese person who grew up in canada around the same time as the author, i resonated with so many parts of his experience. i definitely feel seen and understood within these pages - sometimes uncomfortably, vulnerably so. i especially loved the chapters in which liu writes about his family's history, from his parents' coming-of-age to the tender - but no less ferocious - love that he shared with his grandparents. i also appreciated the unflinching, courageous honesty with which liu and his parents return to some of their most painful memories; simu, you were absolutely right - reading this felt normalizing and affirming. i even liked that there was technical info about accounting, because this detail really conveyed the complexity and tedium of what liu was going through at his office job. last but certainly not least, i was at the raptors championship parade in 2019 and saw simu liu and jeremy lin atop their double-decker bus (gasol really was wildin' up there), and it was a lot of fun getting to read this from liu's perspective. though i wish that discussions of asian activism were more intersectional and embodied greater solidarity with other movements, and though i wish there wasn't as intense a focus on physical appearances / sex appeal / wooing women (even as i recognize this was the author's experience, and also complicated by the sex-and-appearance-related structural/interpersonal discrimination faced by asian men), there is no doubt in my mind that simu liu is a marvellous storyteller. pun intended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nay Keppler

    I feel like if Simu had waited 20 or 30 years to write a memoir, I would have enjoyed it way more. Parts about his childhood and his grandparents were interesting and culturally informative. However, he spent a lot of the first act discussing how his parents verbally, psychologically, and physically abused him, but never really fleshed out the reconciliation and lingering feelings from that. Just one day they all of a sudden approved of his acting and got a big tv to watch him and things felt ve I feel like if Simu had waited 20 or 30 years to write a memoir, I would have enjoyed it way more. Parts about his childhood and his grandparents were interesting and culturally informative. However, he spent a lot of the first act discussing how his parents verbally, psychologically, and physically abused him, but never really fleshed out the reconciliation and lingering feelings from that. Just one day they all of a sudden approved of his acting and got a big tv to watch him and things felt very suddenly copacetic. I don’t think the reader is owed an explanation on something so traumatic (or anything really) but I would have been really interested to know how they came to support him, if they ever owned up to the abuse, etc. The working real hard to get into acting stuff was so average that you could truly find it in any actor’s memoir, with the exception of the fight for Asian representation (which added a star for me). Finally, the book ended when he landed the role of Shang-Chi and it did not at all dive into what it was like to film and release the blockbuster, and to be arguably one of most important new additions to the MCU. idk I like the guy a lot but would have liked to have seen him bank some more life experiences to throw in a memoir.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ameema S.

    This book was SO good!?!?!?! Charming, smart, thoughtful, relatable, emotional and at times laugh out loud hilarious, I adored this book. I loved learning about Liu's parents and grandparents - their lives, their struggles, their journeys, and it was great learning about Simu's own experiences. Liu was unafraid to get into the ugliness and pain that sometimes accompanies the relationships between second-generation immigrants/third culture kids and their parents. His experiences, his anger, the we This book was SO good!?!?!?! Charming, smart, thoughtful, relatable, emotional and at times laugh out loud hilarious, I adored this book. I loved learning about Liu's parents and grandparents - their lives, their struggles, their journeys, and it was great learning about Simu's own experiences. Liu was unafraid to get into the ugliness and pain that sometimes accompanies the relationships between second-generation immigrants/third culture kids and their parents. His experiences, his anger, the weight of his parents' expectations was all too relatable, but I enjoyed seeing his growth, his passion, and his fervor for chasing his dreams. It's a moving story about dreams, expectations, and the challenges they present for us. The writing is compelling, and engaging, and I had a hard time putting it down. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but Liu is a great writer, and this book was utterly delightful!

  10. 5 out of 5

    kim

    “I’m going to be a superhero.” I simp for this man so, of course, I had to read this book. I usually don’t rate memoirs, but as I said I simp for this man so, of course, I had to rate it. I was hoping to relate to his immigrant child issues and pain as he shows a lot on his posts. And boy I did. Simu uses a great balance of humour, charm, emotion, and seriousness to tell his story. At times, I could tell that he was being funny to mask up some pain which made it even more relatable to read. I “I’m going to be a superhero.” I simp for this man so, of course, I had to read this book. I usually don’t rate memoirs, but as I said I simp for this man so, of course, I had to rate it. I was hoping to relate to his immigrant child issues and pain as he shows a lot on his posts. And boy I did. Simu uses a great balance of humour, charm, emotion, and seriousness to tell his story. At times, I could tell that he was being funny to mask up some pain which made it even more relatable to read. I wished I listened to the audiobook since he narrates it but his writing really sounds like him. It felt like he was a friend verbally telling me this story (hence the audiobook wish). It was so entertaining and difficult for me to put down. I saw a lot of myself in him growing up and his stories (aside from being a Western grad). I have similar memories of disappointing the immigrant parents, the desire to rebel but not too much because parents are scary, imposter syndrome, and not getting the excited reaction one hoped for after great news. There were moments where he verbalized some of my own feelings. It’s wonderful to see where it all started and where he is now.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    What, am I just supposed to sit here crying now?? I was lucky enough to see Simu on his book tour and we got our copies of the book that night. I literally had seventy pages read before he even took the stage. I could not read this book fast enough. It is beautiful and heartbreaking and filled with so much love and thoughtfulness. It is brilliant and I think everyone should read it and then follow their dreams. It’s what Simu would want.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anika

    4.7 stars I first learned of Simu Liu in 2018 when he retweeted a fan calling him a hot basket of butter bread. A) The tweet was accurate, he’s a hottie, b) I loved the humor in his reply. I was oddly so proud of and excited for him when he got the role of Shang-Chi. Score one for the Asians. I wasn’t sure what to expect from his memoir. I definitely wasn’t expecting a story that made me laugh and cry. The story of growing up Asian in Canada was so familiar. His tales of being raised to be the be 4.7 stars I first learned of Simu Liu in 2018 when he retweeted a fan calling him a hot basket of butter bread. A) The tweet was accurate, he’s a hottie, b) I loved the humor in his reply. I was oddly so proud of and excited for him when he got the role of Shang-Chi. Score one for the Asians. I wasn’t sure what to expect from his memoir. I definitely wasn’t expecting a story that made me laugh and cry. The story of growing up Asian in Canada was so familiar. His tales of being raised to be the best academically and academics being more important than anything else - friends or otherwise. The comparisons to the children of friends, the beatings when you weren’t living up to ever changing expectations. I read his story where he doesn’t hide the dark parts of his treatment by his parents and (being a child of Asian immigrants) was like omg how is he writing this where people will see, his parents will be so mad! I’m a whole grown woman but that worry is so engrained! I also loved the absolute care and heart he gave to telling his parents’ stories - of their growing up in China, of working in labor camps and not being allowed higher education and the tenacity with which they worked to get it and then move to the West. It doesn’t excuse the way he was treated in his childhood but it helps explain it, and you can feel the forgiveness. Without an example of healthy relationships at home it’s so hard to know how to have them when you grow up - breaking those cycles and learning anew how to be loved and be enough is so hard and I’m really impressed by how he laid that all bare. And he does it all with a healthy dose of pop culture analogies and a great deal of humor. If I was a Marvel superhero that may be what I wrote my whole book about, I’d shout it from the rooftops everyday, but it gets a couple pages at the end. This is a story of a boy who was torn from the warm embrace of his grandparents in China at 5 and had to learn how to survive his parents and a whole new country. It’s about the struggle of finding who you are and embracing it no matter what others say or want of you. It was really great. Instagram.com/encyclopedia_britanika

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Such a heartfelt memoir by a Chinese Canadian actor, growing up in the GTA and finding the courage to chase his dreams despite pressures from his parents to pursue a 'reliable' career. I loved how this memoir focused so much on both his parent's experience as Chinese immigrants in Canada and the struggles he had trying to live up to their expectations while also pursuing a career that gave him joy. It was especially heartwarming to see how hard Simu persevered against great odds to make it as a Such a heartfelt memoir by a Chinese Canadian actor, growing up in the GTA and finding the courage to chase his dreams despite pressures from his parents to pursue a 'reliable' career. I loved how this memoir focused so much on both his parent's experience as Chinese immigrants in Canada and the struggles he had trying to live up to their expectations while also pursuing a career that gave him joy. It was especially heartwarming to see how hard Simu persevered against great odds to make it as a Chinese Canadian in the entertainment industry and how passionate he is about increasing Asian representation in media. Absolutely wonderful on audio read by the author and highly recommended, especially if you're looking for something that won't disappoint during Asian Heritage Month!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tegan Smith

    The ‘Acknowledgments’ alone was enough to make me cry. And the book itself was emotional, funny, engaging, and important. I was a big fan of Simu before, but I’m even more of a fan now

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica - readwithme.jess

    5⭐️+++++++ for Simu’s memoir—this was hilarious, thought-provoking, wonderful, engaging, and all good things. I truly loved how Simu told his story and all aspects of his life!! Everyone should listen to this memoir!!!!!!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nelva (nelvalostinpages)

    I have been following Simu Liu since Kim's Convenience, and it was so interesting to hear not only his journey, but also that of his parents. Children of immigrant parents have all been shaped by both their parents struggles and successes, expectations and hardships, and I related to it so much. I also found that Simu had a very relatable and charming way of writing, but I am glad I picked up the audiobook because there were emotional moments that you could tell were hard to talk about. I have been following Simu Liu since Kim's Convenience, and it was so interesting to hear not only his journey, but also that of his parents. Children of immigrant parents have all been shaped by both their parents struggles and successes, expectations and hardships, and I related to it so much. I also found that Simu had a very relatable and charming way of writing, but I am glad I picked up the audiobook because there were emotional moments that you could tell were hard to talk about.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kasia

    I absolutely adored every second of this book and my only complaint is that it wasn’t longer. Simu is such a fantastic writer, I was most pleasantly surprised. Having fallen in love with Simu through Kim’s Convenience and then getting to celebrate his win of landing Shang-Chi was an amazing experience. What’s even more amazing is that in a couple weeks I’m going to see him live in Toronto talking about the book!! I’m sure it’s a night I’ll never forget and I’m super excited for!!! I’m so grateful I absolutely adored every second of this book and my only complaint is that it wasn’t longer. Simu is such a fantastic writer, I was most pleasantly surprised. Having fallen in love with Simu through Kim’s Convenience and then getting to celebrate his win of landing Shang-Chi was an amazing experience. What’s even more amazing is that in a couple weeks I’m going to see him live in Toronto talking about the book!! I’m sure it’s a night I’ll never forget and I’m super excited for!!! I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to read this book before it came out, and found myself relating to a lot of sentiments Simu talks about as a first generation Canadian myself. Keep doing you Simu, we love you!! Edit May 2022: Got to see Simu in person talking about this book and it was amazing. Simu not only is so humble, but hilarious and relatable as well. It was a treat to read his story before hearing him speak about it live. Also… JUNGCHEE REUNION AHH!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    TL

    Narration: 5 stars 🌟 (he had me tearing up at the end) Very moving stories about his life. I admire him for not giving up when things were snowballing/getting tough and pulling himself along. The story if his parents is just..wow. I would highly recommend the audiobook, it adds that extra "something" Narration: 5 stars 🌟 (he had me tearing up at the end) Very moving stories about his life. I admire him for not giving up when things were snowballing/getting tough and pulling himself along. The story if his parents is just..wow. I would highly recommend the audiobook, it adds that extra "something"

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn

    My goodness. Simu is a precious human being. I didn't think it'd be possible to be love him more but this memoir made it possible. My goodness. Simu is a precious human being. I didn't think it'd be possible to be love him more but this memoir made it possible.

  20. 5 out of 5

    MissSophie

    I'm so happy I bought this as audiobook! It's perfect when Simu Liu reads it himself, laughing and sometimes even tearing up. Loved the story of his parents and how he became a Marvel-superhero. I'm so happy I bought this as audiobook! It's perfect when Simu Liu reads it himself, laughing and sometimes even tearing up. Loved the story of his parents and how he became a Marvel-superhero.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I would recommend that you get the audiobook for this to hear his sincerity in his more personal chapters. He comes off as very cocky a lot of the time.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kenzie | kenzienoelle.reads

    *You know when a book is so good that as soon as you finish it you want to read it again?? That’s exactly how I felt about this one. I absolutely ADORED it!! From growing up with his Grandparents in China to creating a boy band to getting the role of Shang-Chi, the storytelling was captivating. Simu has the greatest sense of humor and I laughed out loud multiple times. I highly recommend listening to this one as Simu narrates it himself and his humor really comes through! *Okay speaking of his se *You know when a book is so good that as soon as you finish it you want to read it again?? That’s exactly how I felt about this one. I absolutely ADORED it!! From growing up with his Grandparents in China to creating a boy band to getting the role of Shang-Chi, the storytelling was captivating. Simu has the greatest sense of humor and I laughed out loud multiple times. I highly recommend listening to this one as Simu narrates it himself and his humor really comes through! *Okay speaking of his sense of humor, I have been searching for who my favorite actor is to play Ryland Grace in the upcoming “Project Hail Mary” movie (yes I know Ryan Gosling has been cast but he’s just👏🏼not👏🏼it👏🏼) and SIMU WOULD BE PERFECT!! His storytelling reminded me of Andy Weir’s dry, sarcastic humor and it would just be perfect. Okay Hollywood? Thanks!! *Anyway this book was just fabulous and even if you’re not a Marvel fan I really really recommend!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cesar Sandoval

    Crying as I write this. A history lesson, cultural experience, immigration story, and motivation to chase your dreams all in one book. Simu made me an even bigger fan of him by sharing his story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    Liu is just as engaging here as he is in anything you've seen him in, and there is no pretense: if you've watched an interview with him, you're acquainted already with his priorities, loves, and demeanor. Those looking for a lot of dirt to be dished about Kim's Convenience or Shang-Chi will be disappointed, however - this is the story of how Simu got to be megastar Simu, not the story of what he's doing now. His perspective on a Chinese-Canadian upbringing and the state of race relations now is Liu is just as engaging here as he is in anything you've seen him in, and there is no pretense: if you've watched an interview with him, you're acquainted already with his priorities, loves, and demeanor. Those looking for a lot of dirt to be dished about Kim's Convenience or Shang-Chi will be disappointed, however - this is the story of how Simu got to be megastar Simu, not the story of what he's doing now. His perspective on a Chinese-Canadian upbringing and the state of race relations now is unique, useful, and interesting, and his writing style is easy, free and engaging. One of the good ones, as actor biographies can pretty much be sorted into good and not-so-much. Recommended for anyone who is a fan.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story by Simu Liu is a must read autobiography. He's a great writer and I appreciate his conversational style. You can easily hear his voice come through. I'm really looking forward to seeing his Shang-Chi onscreen again in the future. We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story by Simu Liu is a must read autobiography. He's a great writer and I appreciate his conversational style. You can easily hear his voice come through. I'm really looking forward to seeing his Shang-Chi onscreen again in the future.

  26. 5 out of 5

    y.

    I devoured this book in a couple of days. Simu Liu is honest but incredibly entertaining with his sense of humor making this read very light and easy to read, yet so inspiring. I actually first saw Simu Liu on Wong Fu Productions’ Yappie series before knowing him as Shang-Chi. From there, the rest is history. Reading the first part of his memoir and learning about his parent’s story was truly comforting as a second-generation immigrant myself. The fact that our parents moved mountains to be able I devoured this book in a couple of days. Simu Liu is honest but incredibly entertaining with his sense of humor making this read very light and easy to read, yet so inspiring. I actually first saw Simu Liu on Wong Fu Productions’ Yappie series before knowing him as Shang-Chi. From there, the rest is history. Reading the first part of his memoir and learning about his parent’s story was truly comforting as a second-generation immigrant myself. The fact that our parents moved mountains to be able to settle in a new country and provided us with everything in their power with the little they had. His struggles growing up as an Asian Canadian, or Asian American in general, were everything I could relate to. The experiences growing up in an immigrant household and non-stop arguments with our parents, the times we felt ashamed of our “Asianness” whether it is the food we brought to school, the shape of our eyes, you name it, through his book, Simu was able to make us feel not alone in our experience, but he also urges us to stand up and forge our own path, one that’s different from our parents’. He is the living example as the first Asian Superhero after all. Representation of Asian Americans is finally gaining the recognition it deserves and I’m just so proud and happy to be able to witness this change and see more household names in films, TV shows, and books. Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for providing me with an ARC of this book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Keljo

    I really appreciated how well this memoir tied together the story of his family, his own story, the history of Asian discrimination, and the importance of representation in a completely organic and engaging manner. I really couldn’t stop listening so rest assured that the author does an amazing job narrating his book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I don’t know where to start!! Simu Liu!! This book has SO MUCH - I’m just sitting here flat out marvelling over it (see what I did there). This man has got to have one of the biggest hearts of anyone on earth, and what an HONOUR to get to spend time basking in it and learning from it via this book. The complexity of his relationship with his parents - so gutwrenching, yet handled with SO much grace and respect as they move into reconciliation; his unending passion and perseverance in pursuit of I don’t know where to start!! Simu Liu!! This book has SO MUCH - I’m just sitting here flat out marvelling over it (see what I did there). This man has got to have one of the biggest hearts of anyone on earth, and what an HONOUR to get to spend time basking in it and learning from it via this book. The complexity of his relationship with his parents - so gutwrenching, yet handled with SO much grace and respect as they move into reconciliation; his unending passion and perseverance in pursuit of his dreams, whether it’s acting or joining the fight for diverse representation and inclusivity in film and business and across Canada and the world etc. - all of this, endlessly powerful and inspiring. And then there’s his words of gratitude for his grandparents. Reading the audiobook and hearing the tears and love in his voice anytime he spoke of them…it is impossible for this book not to go straight to your heart after that. And when after everything, every setback, every relentless dream, he ends up with the much-deserved role of lifetime, especially considering all the times he longed to be a superhero way back in childhood and now beyond…well this here human is a true superhero, off-screen as well as on. I finished it in tears! (And hugged my dog hard at the end, as instructed). This man, this book, is a GIFT. It literally radiates. I’m genuinely so in love!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura Noggle

    Need to think about this one a bit — maybe more like 3.5 rounded up. Still, I listened to it in one day and it was very engaging. I have only seen him as Shang-Chi so I wasn't too familiar with him before this book. He was very open and you could hear the emotion in his voice as he talked about some hard things in his life. An inspiring underdog immigrant story though — highly recommend the audiobook!! Need to think about this one a bit — maybe more like 3.5 rounded up. Still, I listened to it in one day and it was very engaging. I have only seen him as Shang-Chi so I wasn't too familiar with him before this book. He was very open and you could hear the emotion in his voice as he talked about some hard things in his life. An inspiring underdog immigrant story though — highly recommend the audiobook!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aurélie

    Wow ❤️

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