Marvel’s Shang-Chi: Movie unveils studio’s first Asian superhero
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is a well-received and positive portrayal in the Asian community
STOCKTON, Calif .– It’s the next Marvel comic book superhero coming to life, and this fall, âShang-Chiâ hits a theater near you.
âFor me, it was like a perfect mix of Bruce Lee type movies and ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’,â said Javier Juarez, director of Grapevine Comics & Cards at Stockton.
Juarez is very excited about the trailer’s release, as well as its positive portrayal of an Asian character in a lead role.
“This is another character who will represent a culture … that they can be proud of on this hero,” he added.
Shang Chi made his first appearance as a character in a Marvel comic book in 1973.
Marvel describes him as a “Master of Kung Fu” who seeks peace and harmony while standing up against those who would destroy him.
Mae Flores, film actress, is originally from the Philippines and now lives in Placerville. She is also an activist and community activist. She believes the new film portrays Asians in a positive light at a time when it is most needed, amid a recent surge in violence against the Pacific Island community of Asian descent.
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“What an opportunity because we need to cheer up again. We need to be reminded again, and how fitting it is that this movie comes out at a time when I felt the news was forgetting us a bit,” said Flores.
Elisha Cheng is an improv comedian from the Sacramento area and the COO of an artificial intelligence company. He applauds the portrayal of AAPI in the film, but believes Hollywood can do more than films portraying Asian stereotypes in martial arts.
âI think movies like ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ are a better representation of modern Asian culture. You don’t see, I guess, historic buildings … because architecture isn’t like that anymore. don’t live like that anymore, right? âCheng added.
Cheng also hopes the new film will help bridge the gap between those with little contact or knowledge of Asian culture, describing it as “very good first steps.”
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