Fan Retrospectives: 'Shang-Chi' and Identity
Also, MAJOR spoilers follow for anyone who hasn't seen the movie!
|Shang-Chi is an Asian American movie
Despite the film having a lot of dialogue spoken in Mandarin, it's a distinctly Asian American movie, with an Asian American perspective. The director, Destin Daniel Cretton, is an Asian American. The film's two main stars: Simu Liu and Akwafina are both Asian American. Yes, I know Liu is actually Canadian, but the term encompasses all of North America.
|Wen Wu (center) confronts Katy (left) about her cultural identity
|Wen Wu and Shang-Chi's battle represents the pull that many Asian Americans experience, where they feel caught between two identities.