Just a month ago, when Disney+ released their two-minute trailer for American Born Chinese, we immediately thought of Everything, Everywhere, All at Once. From the gravity-defying fight sequences to the main character’s ongoing identity crisis, a part of us suspected that this new series would be a tamer version of the Oscar-winning film—but with a bit more humor and teen angst. We figured it would share the same lighthearted tone as Shang Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings, given that both projects were spearheaded by the same director. And then of course, we knew to expect top-notch performances from the stellar cast, including Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Hsu—all also from Everything, Everywhere.
So, to say that expectations were high for the Disney+ series feels like the biggest understatement. And now, just three episodes in, we can confidently say the show delivers. With its compelling characters, clever cultural references and honest approach to more serious themes, American Born Chinese is a thrill ride that all ages can enjoy.