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Asian celebrities slay the red carpet at Met Gala 2021

Met Gala had Asian celebrities

This year’s Met Gala featured a number of first-time appearances by Asian and Asian American celebrities, from world-renowned female K-pop stars to record-breaking athletes. The event was much more of an intimate gathering — it had only about a third of the normal guest list size due to the ongoing pandemic — but the stars showed up and turned heads nonetheless.

With the theme “American Independence,” here are some of our favorite looks and what fans had to say about them. 

Simu Liu thanks Chinese ‘Shang-Chi’ fans despite film’s unlikely release in China

Shang-Chi fans get thanked by Simu Liu

While “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings” may not be released in China, Simu Liu is acknowledging the support of Chinese fans — as well as others from around the world — who have yet to see his blockbuster movie.

Alleged Chinese ban: Reports about the film’s unlikely release in China made rounds last week after Liu’s old comment deemed critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) resurfaced online. As of this writing, the Marvel movie has not been given a Chinese release date.

Simu Liu reveals he gave his parents ‘a lot of crap’ growing up for giving him an Asian name

Simu Liu hated name

Like many Asians living in countries where English is spoken by a majority of the population, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu says revealed it took him a lot of time and patience before he could learn to appreciate his name.

A common insecurity: In a new interview, Liu, who is Chinese Canadian, admitted he did not like the name his parents had given him when he was growing up. At the time, he “would have given anything” to anglicized it.

Simu Liu AMA reveals how Benedict Cumberbatch’s touch was like that of a ‘supportive but also sexy father’

Simu Li Reddit Shang Chi

Actor Simu Liu announced on Twitter that he would be hosting a special AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit on Tuesday, just days away from the release of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

The thread attracted over 5,000 comments and over 54,000 upvotes, revealing a lot of interesting information about the new Marvel superhero and Liu himself.

‘We should be proud and unapologetic’: ‘Shang-Chi’ stars celebrate film’s impact on the AAPI community

Shang Chi stars talk to NextShark

The stars of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” discussed the lack of AAPI representation in Hollywood, celebrating AAPI culture and why this film is important in our community in an exclusive interview with NextShark. 

“Celebrating Asian-ness”: Actors Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang and director Destin Daniel Cretton came together to create an anticipated hit movie that is a “celebration of who we are,” said Cretton in the interview. 

Simu Liu confesses he cheated on the ‘Marvel Diet’ because Asians just eat better

Simu Liu confessed in an exclusive interview that he didn’t stick to the “Marvel diet” during filming and that the food was better while working with an all-Asian cast.

The “Marvel diet”: Liu began training to get the “Marvel body” from the moment he was cast and spent six months practicing martial arts. He also did strength and conditioning workouts in order to be in good enough physical shape to survive the “grueling” ten months of shooting.

New Marvel actor Meng’er Zhang talks about punching Simu Liu’s face

Marvel Meng'er Zhang

In an exclusive interview, Meng’er Zhang, the Chinese actor who plays Shang-Chi’s sister Xialiang, shared that she didn’t know she was auditioning for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and ended up punching Simu Liu in the face on set.

Landing the role: Zhang told NextShark she wasn’t aware she was auditioning for a Marvel movie. She sent her self-tapes after seeing the audition call in a group chat.

‘We are not an experiment’: ‘Shang-Chi’ star Simu Liu responds to Disney CEO Bob Chapek

Shang-Chi film is an experiment to Disney

Actor Simu Liu has responded to Disney CEO Bob Chapek, who called “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” an “interesting experiment” in a recent comment. 

Test for moviegoers: On Thursday, Chapek confirmed that the upcoming Marvel Studios film would be released with 45 days of theatrical exclusivity, amid the current increase in COVID-19 infections in the U.S. and other parts of the world, reported The Wrap.

Simu Liu Shares Official ‘Shang-Chi’ Trailer in Subtle Asian Traits, Fans ‘100% Hyped’

Shang-Chi

Marvel released the official trailer for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and fans are expressing their hype on Simu Liu’s Facebook post and on Twitter.

The trailer: The superhero film trailer featured Simu Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Dallas Liu and Awkwafina in a series of action-packed scenes that will premiere only in theaters on Sept. 3.