American Born Chinese

Disney+ Series

Release Date:  May 24 2023
Language:  English
Distributors:  Disney+, Walt Disney Television
Production Companies:  20th Television, The Detective Agency, Walt Disney Television
Producers:  Marvin Mar, Jake Kasdan, Destin Daniel Cretton
Directors:  Destin Daniel Cretton, Johnson Cheng, Dennis Liu,
Dennis A. Liu, Lucy Liu, Erin O'Malley, Dinh Thai, Peng Zhang
Writing:  Kelvin Yu, Charles Yu
Original Novel:  Gene Luen Yang
Cinematography:  Brett Pawlak, Alan Poon
Editing:  Gina Sansom, Matthew Barbato
Music:  Wendy Wang
Category:  Action, Fantasy, Serial Drama, Adventure, Comedy
Countries:  U.S.A.
Principal Filming:  Los Angeles, 2022
Jin Wang  ....   Ben Wang
Wei-Chen  ....   Jimmy Liu
Christine Wang  ....   Yeo Yann Yann
Simon Wang  ....   Chin Han
Guanyin  ....   Michelle Yeoh
Sun Wukong/Monkey King  ....   Daniel Wu
Jamie Yao/Freddy Wong  ....   Ke Huy Quan
Amelia  ....   Sydney Taylor
Niu Mowang/Bull Demon  ....   Leonard Wu
Ji Gong  ....   Ronny Chieng
Anuj  ....   Mahi Alam
Shiji Niangniang  ....   Stephanie Hsu
Princess Iron Fan  ....   Poppy Liu
Jade Emperor  ....   James Hong
Ni Yang  ....   Lisa Lu
Suzy Nakamura  ....   Rosalie Chiang

Michelle Yeoh

Ben Wang

Jim Liu

Chin Han

Daniel Wu

Yeo Yann Yann

Ke Huy Quan

Sydney Taylor

Main Characters:

Ben Wang as Jin Wang, the American teen whose parents immigrated from Taiwan, and who is struggling to carve out exactly who he's supposed to be, socially and culturally.

Michelle Yeoh as Guanyin, an unassuming auntie, who helps her nephew Wei-Chen navigate the challenges of American high school while maintaining her secret identity as the all-powerful Buddhist bodhisattva of Compassion.

Yeo Yann Yann as Jin's mom, Christine Wang, a strong-willed, opinionated woman with a sly wit, who loves her family deeply.

Chin Han as Jin's father, Simon Wang, a hard-working, devoted father and husband who is bumping up against the "bamboo ceiling" at his job.

Daniel Wu as Sun Wukong "The Monkey King," the legendary, all-powerful god of the Chinese epic Journey to the West, who enters our world in search of his son.

Jim Liu as Wei-Chen, Jin's friend. a teen who has just arrived in the United States, his sweet demeanor belies the deeper mystery of his true identity.

Ke Huy Quan as Freddy Wong, a fictional character from a popular mid-1990s sitcom.

Sydney Taylor as Amelia, a friendly "All-American" girl who is Jin's classmate and crush.

Based on the genre-hopping graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, "American Born Chinese" tells the story of Jin Wang, an average teenager juggling his high school social life with his home life. When he meets a new student on the first day of the school year, even more worlds collide as Jin is unwittingly entangled in a battle of Chinese mythological gods.

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(03/07/24) Congratulations to American Born Chinese for 5 Critics Choice Super Awards nominations!   (nomination list)
- Best Superhero Series, Limited Series or Made-For-TV Movie
- Best Science Fiction / Fantasy Series, Limited Series or Made-For-TV Movie
- Best Actress in a Science Fiction / Fantasy Series, Limited Series or Made-For-TV Movie - Michelle Yeoh
- Best Actor in a Superhero Series, Limited Series or Made-For-TV Movie - Ben Wang
- Best Actress in a Superhero Series, Limited Series or Made-For-TV Movie - Michelle Yeoh

Deadline: 'American Born Chinese' Canceled By Disney+ After One Season
CBR: Critically-Acclaimed Disney+ Series Gets Canceled After Just One Season

Disney+ video: American Born Chinese | Full Episode 1   (43:45)
ABC To Present the First Episode of the Disney+ Original Series "American Born Chinese"

(06/09/23) Videos:
Variety: Michelle Yeoh's Goddess of Mercy fashion in #AmericanBornChinese was inspired by Chinese mythology   (00:34)
Variety: The Costume Designs for 'American Born Chinese' Were Inspired by Chinese Mythology and the Met Gala   (05:18)
ELLE Taiwan: Michelle Yeoh Interview   (02:50)


Video: American Born Chinese Behind-the-Scenes Costumes   (04:20)
Cinema Blend: How Michelle Yeoh And Ke Huy Quan Landed On American Born Chinese, Creating An 'Asian American All-Star Game' Of A Cast
TVline: American Born Chinese: Daniel Wu on Finally Teaming With Michelle Yeoh,

InStyle: How the Costume Designer Behind Disney+'s 'American Born Chinese' Used Fashion to Blend Fantasy and Reality
EW: Michelle Yeoh on the significance of American Born Chinese and her 'respectful' goddess action scenes
EW: American Born Chinese review: A masterful mash-up of fantasy and teen turmoil
GoldDerby: 'American Born Chinese' review round-up: Stellar cast leads 'action-packed' and 'deeply relatable coming of age story'

(05/27/23) Videos:
TV Insider: Michelle Yeoh talks 'American Born Chinese''s 'Everything Everywhere All At Once' reunion   (06:24)
ET Canada: Michelle Yeoh On Reuniting With Ke Huy Quan For 'American Born Chinese'   (05:27)
GMA: Michelle Yeoh talks shattering stereotypes in Hollywood   (03:25)
ABC: Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan reflect on their paths to Hollywood success   (with video 06:09)

Disney+ video: Stunts Featurette | American Born Chinese   (01:49)
Reuters: Michelle Yeoh introduces mythological heroes in TV show 'American Born Chinese'
SCMP: Disney+ series American Born Chinese, starring Michelle Yeoh, Ben Wang and Daniel Wu, mixes suburban California with Journey to the West
Daily Beast: 'American Born Chinese': Michelle Yeoh's New Series Finds Beauty in Coming of Age

All episodes of "American Born Chinese" premiere today on Disney+.

"American Born Chinese" Cast & Creator Interview
Time: American Born Chinese Reflects a New Era of Storytelling
Panda Express Partners with Disney+ For New 'American Born Chinese' Series

(05/19/23) Video: Disney+ new teaser   (00:30)

Straits Times: American Born Chinese: An 'Avengers' of Asian talent and mythological heroes
Video: "American Born Chinese" stars Ben Wang and Sydney Taylor talk about working with Oscar winners   (05:50)

(05/16/23) NTD video: Biden Hosts Screening of 'American Born Chinese' in Celebration of AANHPI Heritage Month   (18:59)

(05/14/23) Teaser trailers:
Epic Adventure | American Born Chinese   (00:30)
DanielWu as the Monkey King   (00:15)

Michelle Yeoh as Guanyin

Vogue: Prabal Gurung and Phillip Lim Turn Costume Designers for the New Disney+ Series American Born Chinese

(05/07/23) American Born Chinese New York premiere took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, May 7.   ("Getty" photos)   Report

CAAMFest will be screening the first two episodes of American Born Chinese on May 13, San Francisco.   (tickets)
San Francisco Chronicle: How this East Bay author brought his story of being 'American Born Chinese' to the big screen


IndieWire: 'American Born Chinese' Review: A Sweet Teen Odyssey with Killer Moves
JoBlo: American Born Chinese TV Review

(05/01/23) Character posters:

Disney+ video: American Born Chinese | Official Trailer   (02:00)
Disney: Disney+ Debuts Official 'American Born Chinese' Trailer
Hollywood Reporter: Michelle Yeoh Tries to Save the World in 'American Born Chinese' Trailer
EW: High school students must help Michelle Yeoh save the world in American Born Chinese trailer


new poster of American Born Chinese

Q&A: Disney+ series 'American Born Chinese' makes world premiere at SXSW
/Film: American Born Chinese Review: An Action Packed, Funny, And Relatable Coming-Of-Age TV Show [SXSW 2023]

Disney+ Original "American Born Chinese" Premieres At SXSW
Austin Chronicle: SXSW TV Review: American Born Chinese

Hollywood Reporter: 'American Born Chinese' Review: Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan Reunite in Disney+'s Vibrant Graphic Novel Adaptation
Collider: American Born Chinese' Gets SXSW Poster From 'Everything Everywhere All At Once' Artist James Jean

(03/12/23) Teaser trailer: Worlds Collide | American Born Chinese   (00:30)
The Disney+ Series is set to release on May 24.

Disney+ Teaser video: Locker Reveal | American Born Chinese   (00:40)
TV Insider: 'American Born Chinese' Stages 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' Reunion
AVclub: American Born Chinese is now a full family reunion for Everything Everywhere All At Once with the addition of James Hong

(02/03/23) American Born Chinese will premiere at SXSW 2023 (March 10-19) in Austin, Texas.
Deadline: SXSW Second Wave Includes UAR's 'Bottoms', Donald Glover's 'Swarm' Series, Michelle Yeoh's 'American Born Chinese' & More

(01/22/23) Video: Happy Lunar New Year from American Born Chinese family   (01:30)

(01/14/23) Huffpost: Michelle Yeoh Hopes Barriers For Asian Actors Have Been 'Ninja-Kicked To Hell'

(from left) Actor Ke Huy Quan, author Gene Luen Yang, actor Ben Wang, Michelle, showrunner Kelvin Yu, actor Daniel Wu and director Destin Daniel Cretton at the TCA (Television Critics Association) Panel for Disney+'s "American Born Chinese" in Pasadena, California, January 13

(01/13/23) American Born Chinese will premiere spring 2023 on Disney+.

(12/21/22) Entertainment Weekly: How the American Born Chinese TV series translates the classic graphic novel to screen

(11/13/22) 'American Born Chinese': Taiwanese American showrunner on adapting cultures, traditions

Stephanie Hsu to reunite with Michelle Yeoh in Disney Plus' American Born Chinese
NYCC 2022: Disney+ Show American Born Chinese to Highlight Asian American Identity and Representation

(10/06/22) NYCC To Host "American Born Chinese" Disney+ Panel

(09/10/22) Disney Plus video: In Production Featurette | American Born Chinese   (01:35)
Collider: Gods and High School Collide In First Look at 'American Born Chinese'
TVline: American Born Chinese: Michelle Yeoh Reigns in Action-Packed First Footage

American Born Chinese poster at D23 Expo, Anaheim Convention Center

(2) )Destin Daniel Cretton, Gene Luen Yang, Ke Huy Quan, Kelvin Yu, Michelle, Ben Wang, Melvin Mar, Daniel Wu
(3) Kelvin Yu, Destin Daniel Cretton, Ke Huy Quan, Ben Wang, Daniel Wu, and Michelle on stage at D23 Expo

("Getty" photos)

(09/01/22) D23 Expo Announces 'Disney's Epic Entertainment Showcase' Featuring Brie Larson, Tim Allen, Michelle Yeoh, & More

Michelle, Daniel Wu, Ben Wang, and executive producer Kelvin Yu are scheduled to attend the D23 panel, which takes place on Saturday, September 10.

(08/01/22) 5 Reasons Why We're Excited for "American Born Chinese" After Getting a First Look at the Disney+ Series at San Diego Comic-Con

from last month's San Diego Comic-Con

(07/23/22) Disney+'s American Born Chinese at San Diego Comic-Con:

Michelle as Guanyin, Ben Wang as Jin Wang, and Daniel Wu as Monkey King
("Twitter" photos)

(05/19/22) Disney+ Video: Met Gala Featurette | American Born Chinese   (01:59)

'American Born Chinese': Stephanie Hsu Joins Her 'Everything Everywhere' Co-Star Michelle Yeoh in Disney+ Series
The Stars of Everything Everywhere All at Once Are Reuniting on a New Project

(04/28/22) Deadline: 'American Born Chinese': Fashion Designers Prabal Gurung & Phillip Lim Team To Create Costumes For Disney+ Series

(02/25/22) Entertainment Weekly: Michelle Yeoh show American Born Chinese begins shooting with blessing ceremony

(02/24/22) Filimg of American Born Chinese began!

(02/18/22) Preparing for the shooting of American Born Chinese in Los Angekes.   ("Twitter" photos)

(02/07/22) Executive produced by Daniel Destin Cretton, who released last year's Marvel hit Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, American Born Chinese follows a young man named Jin Wang. He's a typical teenager going through all the perils of high school when his life is flipped upside down by Wei-Chen, a new student he meets at school. Wei-Chen's family has a long storied history and together, the pair become part of a mythical war between Chinese gods... while still in high school.

Produced by 20th Television for Disney Branded Television, American Born Chinese will begin production this month in Los Angeles.

The genre-hopping action comedy is adapted from Gene Luen Yang's graphic novel by Emmy-winning writer-producer Kelvin Yu (Bob's Burgers, Central Park) who is EP and showrunner. Cretton directs and is also EP alongside Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan, Erin O'Malley, Asher Goldstein and Gene Luen Yang.

Disney: Disney Branded Television Announces Casting For Disney+ Original Series "American Born Chinese"
Deadline: 'Shang-Chi's Michelle Yeoh & Destin Daniel Cretton Reunite For Disney+ Series 'American Born Chinese'; Chin Han, Yeo Yann Yann & Daniel Wu Also Star
Variety: Michelle Yeoh Among Eight Cast in Disney Plus Series 'American Born Chinese'
/Film: Shang-Chi Director Daniel Destin Cretton To Reunite With Michelle Yeoh For Disney+ Series American Born Chinese

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