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An early interview with Simu Liu (“Shang-Chi” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe)

For those of you whose first exposure to Simu Liu was through Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, you may not know that we’re both handsome Asian gentlemen who grew up in Toronto.

A lot of us know him as Jung from the Canadian TV series Kim’s Convenience (which you can find on Netflix), which in turn is based on a play that debuted in the Toronto Fringe Festival back in 2011. Kim’s Convenience has come a long way in ten years, and so has Simu.

Karim Kanji is a third handsome gentleman from Toronto, whom I know from my time as a developer evangelist at large in Toronto (we met during my Microsoft years). Back in 2017, when Kim’s Convenience was still in its first season, Karim interviewed Simu for his podcast, and you can find it here. Give it a listen, and find out about Simu not just before his hitting the big time!

(There are a lot of very “Toronto” references in the interview. Got questions? Need context? Let me know in the comments.)

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