Simu Liu’s Book Cover Is Revealed

Until two years ago, Simu Liu was best known as Jung Kim on Kim’s Convenience, a Canadian series on Netflix about a Korean immigrant family running a small convenience store. But once Simu Liu was cast to play Shang-Chi, the first Asian superhero leading a Marvel movie, he became a household name — and now Marvel star Simu Liu is sharing his story in a book! Simu Liu shared his book’s cover today, as well as its publication date.


Simu Liu as Shang Chi in the Marvel Studios movie ‘Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings’ Credit: Marvel

The book is called “We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story”, and it follows Simu Liu’s journey from China to Canada to Hollywood. Simu Liu actually went to business school and became an accountant for a brief period of time, pursuing the degree due to family pressures and finding an unexpected passion for acting when he started being an extra in movies.

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According to the book’s Goodreads summary, Marvel star Simu Liu was raised by his grandparents in Harbin, China until his parents sent for him in Canada. There, he struggled to deal with the differences in “culture, language, and values”, not only between him and his new country but also between him and his parents.


Michelle Yeoh and Simu Liu in ‘Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings’. Credit: Marvel Studios / The Guardian

Simu Liu’s acting career apparently began after seeing a Craigslist ad, and the rest of the book follows his journey as he moves forward in “show business” while contending with the struggles of an unknown actor, “a swath of rejections” “comical mishaps”, and the disapproval of his parents.


Simu Liu as Jung Kim, Jean Yoon as Mrs. Yong-mi Kim (“Umma”), Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Mr. Sang-il Kim (“Appa”), and Andrea Bang as Janet Kim in the Canadian TV show ‘Kim’s Convenience’ Credit:

Simu shared the book’s cover on Instagram, saying that he was “so, very, completely, BEYOND excited to share with you the cover of my book!!” Simu also added that “this deeply personal journey has been nearly three years in the making. Now, I’m finally ready to share with you this hilarious and heartfelt story of coming of age in a foreign land of poutine and Tim Horton’s double-doubles, struggling to find your footing, then ultimately learning to seize the moment and own your greatness. From Harbin to Hollywood, this is the story of our family of dreamers who never stopped reaching for their happy ending.


Simu Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Leung, Awkwafina, and Meng’er Zhang are featured on the poster for ‘Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings’ Credit: Disney

Simu Liu also thanked actress Olivia Munn, actor Ryan Reynolds, and comedian Ronny Chien (his Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings co-star) for contributing blurbs for the book before its release. The book will be officially released on March 3, but preorder is available now!

Have you been following Simu Liu and his career since his entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or were you watching him as Jung Kim?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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