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Simu Liu shares a lot in common with his on-screen role as Shang Chi. Both are products of the journey of immigrants from China to North America. But as Shang Chi sought a life free from his infamous father, the Master of the Ten Rings, Liu may have ended up in Canada because of the fried chicken.
Liu appeared on Jimmy Kimmel live Tuesday night to promote his New York Times bestselling new memoir, We were dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story. More than just an autobiography, the book tells the story of Liu’s immigrant family and their journey from China to Ontario, Canada. Liu revealed that his father’s trip to North America was inspired, in part, by Kentucky Fried Chicken, one of the first American fast food chains to expand into China when the country began to open up. in the late 1970s. Liu told guest host Chelsea Handler:
“For my dad, like he really had such limited exposure, like his only exposure to America was really the star wars, music sound, and like Kentucky Fried Chicken which was the only restaurant that was one of the first American fast food chains to expand into China and so based on those three things alone, he was like ‘Shit. I want to go'”
– Simu Liu
Not only did the fried chicken chain play a role in his father’s trip overseas, it may have played a role in Liu’s very existence. The actor told Handler that the night he was conceived, his parents went on a date that started at KFC. Liu made sure to mention that it was much fancier than it looks in the US “KFC back then I mean it’s not like that now it was very expensive in China, there were queues outside the door,” Liu said. You, Liu rolled with the joke as easily as he dodged punches at Shang Chi. “Obviously an aphrodisiac, there’s something about these 11 herbs and spices, and nine months later, boom Here we go,” the action star joked.