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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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Great real-life story of hardship and success

Such a honestly written story. So relatable! Wonderful read to reflect on our own challenges in a culturally diverse society

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great listen!

what a heartfelt, inspiring, touching story. I was engaged from start to finish. As a biracial person myself, I realised how comforting and important it is to see yourself reflected in stories like this. there aren't that many but nowadays it's getting better. Thank you Simu for bravely sharing so transparently!

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By far my favourite audiobook - EVER

I loved this book. He was so raw, open and honest. I loved hearing about his upbringing and his journey to making it in the big screen.

I also loved the way he read it, it felt like I was there with him and he was taking me through the different stages of his life.

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Brutally honest and inspiring

As a first generation immigrant myself, and someone who has a 19-yr-old son, I sincerely congratulate Simu for such a well-written and movingly narrated memoir. I must say I was a bit doubtful about how much I could relate to you when first started listening, as I am somewhere in between your parents and your generations, plus I don’t see myself as ‘typical Asian parent’. However the more I listened the more I am (pleasantly) surprised by how much I related your experiences. Your unique struggles and success are so real and to share that so vividly and truthfully with the public is gold. Hope more migrants and their children (and everyone else really) will listen and be inspired.

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Great story!

A wonderful and heart wrenching memoir of Simu and his immigration from China to Canada. Touches on family drama and issues of racism in society now and previously.
I really enjoyed this!

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Truly amazing and inspirational

Amazing and inspirational story. Thank you for sharing Simu. Huge fan since Kim's convenience. Glad to see struggles and hard work paid off. Look forward to seeing much more of you in the future! instagram srbomasta

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Amazing book!

thank you Simu. so inspiring, reading so much of who I am in your story.

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From a young Asian Australian...wow!

No matter which walk of life you come from, if you want to understand the rhetoric behind the childhoods of undreds of thousands of Asian Americans/Australians...GET. THIS. BOOK.

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fall all immigrants living in western society

I love this book, only two books have made me cry and this one of them.

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I absolutely loved it!

I couldn’t stop listening once I pressed play. I’m the child of Vietnamese Immigrants living in Australia and there were so many things that I related to in his story. Thanks Simu for sharing your family story.

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  • 09-06-2022

An Amazing Story About Immigrants and Showbiz

At first I thought this was going to be a fun showbiz book.

It was! But it also opened my eyes to a lot of things I never knew or thought about the immigrant experience. I think it's a more important book than it appears on the surface. Highly recommend.

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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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  • 23-05-2022

Fantastic!

My first memoir, and also the first audible book that has had me laughing out loud and sobbing buckets of tears all in one sitting. Incredibly moving account of his, and his parents, lives thus far. Would not normally be my kind of read, but I would honestly recommend it very highly.

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Heartbreaking and heart-mending story

Beautifully written! As first-gen immigrant, this is relatable in many ways. The struggle of his parents to provide a better life for their family and his struggle to follow his dreams, I am torn between two. I'm still following a path set by my parents but slowly taking back control and making the most of my life. The expectations from our parents aren't easy to shake off and the incredibly hard and back-breaking process of following your dreams while struggling with depression is a very challenging experience but I'm glad he's reconciled with his family and has achieved some of his dreams. Amazing story, thank you for sharing it!

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  • Lily
  • 22-05-2022

Memoir of the year

Every now and then we read a book that we can't put down. This is one of them. As I've shared in subtle asian traits, I thought this book was going to be about his struggles as an actor. It was that, and so much more. It's secretly a book honouring the sacrifices his parents made and how it all became full circle.

It's every asian kid's happy ending - to be able to pursue one's dream and make their parents proud. Thank you Simu, for giving me hope to continue the fight. I'm still on the journey to my happy ending. I wish all asians reading this the strength and tenacity to pursue their dreams.

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  • A. Brown
  • 22-05-2022

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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