Kelly Marie Tran Promotes New Star Wars Movie in Traditional Vietnamese Dress

Kelly Marie Tran, the Vietnamese-American actress set to play the role of Rose Tico in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, continues to bring pride to many Asians around the world.

Not only did she wear an Áo Dài, a traditional clothing in the country, during the promotion for the film in Vietnam, but she also paid tribute to her Vietnamese roots in a rather emotional Instagram post.

Growing up, I’ve always felt I was from two different worlds. I was born in the US, but my parents were born in Vietnam, and they raised my sisters and I with the parenting methods of the Vietnamese culture, Tran wrote in the post with a picture of her standing right beside co-star Ngô Thanh Vân (Veronica Ngo), who plays Rose’s sister, Paige, in the movie and also donned an Áo Dài to the premiere.

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So much of me is because of what my parents experienced in this country. So much of me is because of the things my parents overcame so that I could have the luxury of having a dream. I see so much of me reflected in the people here, and so much of them reflected in me.

Growing up, I’ve always felt I was from two different worlds. I was born in the US, but my parents were born in Vietnam, and they raised my sisters and I with the parenting methods of the Vietnamese culture. So much of me is because of what my parents experienced in this country. So much of me is because of the things my parents overcame so that I could have the luxury of having a dream. I see so much of me reflected in the people here, and so much of them reflected in me. I AM SO PROUD of being a Vietnamese-American. Here is a photo of myself and @ngothanhvan_official wearing Áo Dài while promoting Jedi Cuối Cùng (The Last Jedi). Thank you for having us, Vietnam! I CAN’T WAIT for you to meet the Tico sisters! ❤️💛❤️💛❤️💛

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In a previous interview with BuzzFeed, Tran told the story of the struggle her family endured in the past, including how her father was a homeless child for seven years.

Tran’s parents moved to the United States in the late 1970s after the Vietnam War. Her father took a job at Burger King while her mother worked in funerals, she told People Magazine in October.

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I could have had this life,” she said while holding out one hand, “and now I have this one, and it’s purely because my parents dropped everything and moved to a country where they didn’t know the language [and] didn’t have any opportunities. I very much have felt this whole time that I’ve been living for multiple generations of life.

My parents didn’t get to have a dream. Their dream was to live in a country where their kids would have choice, Tran continued.

I truly did feel that I owed it to my parents, my grandparents, to do whatever it was that I wanted, because if I wasn’t happy, if I wasn’t being true to myself, then I wasn’t living fully. They had given up so much so that I could live at the level that so many people are just automatically born into.

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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is scheduled to hit cinemas on Dec. 15.

H/T: HuffPost

Featured Image via Instagram / kellymarietran (Left, Right)

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