Why It Was Important For Asian-American Fans To Meet Marvel's Shang-Chi On The Big Screen First

    “Sure, I'm never going to be a magical kung fu master, but if I grew up with a character like Shang-Chi, I could imagine…’Oh, I could do whatever it is I want to set my mind to.’ And that's a very powerful message.”

    On today's episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we broke down the top pop culture headlines AND discussed Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. You can listen below or scroll down to read more about the interview!

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    So let's dive right into it! Recently we talked to Inverse's Eric Francisco about Asian-American representation in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and the origins of the character. Here's some of what we learned:

    BuzzFeed Daily: First off, I just want your immediate reaction to the film. What did you think of it?

    Simu Liu and Awkwafina in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    BuzzFeed Daily: You mentioned yourself that you are a superhero comic book nerd. So was this something that you would actually been waiting for, a film starring an Asian lead?

    Simu Liu in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    BuzzFeed Daily: Something that's super huge is that this film is not out on Disney+ right now — it's only been released exclusively in theaters. Why was it so important for the film's supporters that this happened?

    Simu Liu in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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