Marvel's 'Shang-Chi' Will Be Its First Asian-Led Film

Marvel's 'Shang-Chi' Will Be Its First Asian-Led Film

It's not often that Asian Americans get to see themselves in the role of a superhero.


With "Avengers: Endgame" quickly approaching, many have wondered what might be next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the recent news that Marvel is shooting a new movie in Australia, there has been much speculation for what that movie may be. A name that has been brought up in this speculation is "Shang-Chi." News of the development of "Shang-Chi" first came out in December, with Chinese-American writer Dave Callaham writing the screenplay. Recently, Marvel hired Destin Daniel Cretton to direct the film.

The character Shang-Chi debuted in the Marvel comics in 1973, intending to capitalize on the widespread success of martial arts movies at the time. Shang-Chi is also known as the "Master of Kung Fu" and is a superhero known for his skill in martial arts. The character is of Chinese-American descent, making "Shang-Chi" the first Asian-led Marvel movie.

"Shang-Chi" is a significant step in representation for the Asian-American community. While Asian Americans are often stereotyped as submissive and Asian men, in particular, as less masculine, a movie like "Shang-Chi" can help to subvert these stereotypes in its portrayal of an Asian-American man as the hero. While the character Shang-Chi was most likely portrayed with many stereotypes of Asian men initially, the film looks to draw on elements of Shang-Chi's background as an Asian American. Marvel is following the example of its 2018 film "Black Panther," which was a major success, with "Shang-Chi." Much like "Black Panther," which had a black cast, writer, and director, Marvel sought out an Asian-American writer and director and can be expected to draw on Asian and Asian-American inspiration for the film.

"Shang-Chi" is certainly highly anticipated among the Asian-American community, being the first Asian-led Marvel movie. It's not often that Asian Americans get to see themselves in the role of a superhero, especially not as the headliner: the few Asian heroes we have seen in Marvel movies only seem to play supporting roles. The inclusion of Shang-Chi in the MCU is, therefore, an exciting prospect for Asian Americans, and definitely a very visible sign of progress in representation.

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20 Things That Happen When A Jersey Person Leaves Jersey

Hoagies, pizza, and bagels will never be the same.

Ah, the "armpit of America." Whether you traveled far for college, moved away, or even just went on vacation--you know these things to be true about leaving New Jersey. It turns out to be quite a unique state, and leaving will definitely take some lifestyle adjustment.

1. You discover an accent you swore you never had.

Suddenly, people start calling you out on your pronunciation of "cawfee," "wooter," "begel," and a lot more words you totally thought you were saying normal.

2. Pork Roll will never exist again.

Say goodbye to the beautiful luxury that is pork roll, egg, and cheese on a bagel. In fact, say goodbye to high-quality breakfast sandwiches completely.

3. Dealing with people who use Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, or Dominos as their go-to pizza.

It's weird learning that a lot of the country considers chain pizza to be good pizza. You're forever wishing you could expose them to a real, local, family-style, Italian-owned pizza shop. It's also a super hard adjustment to not have a pizza place on every single block anymore.

4. You probably encounter people that are genuinely friendly.

Sure Jersey contains its fair share of friendly people, but as a whole, it's a huge difference from somewhere like the South. People will honestly, genuinely smile and converse with strangers, and it takes some time to not find it sketchy.

5. People drive way slower and calmer.

You start to become embarrassed by the road rage that has been implanted in your soul. You'll get cut off, flipped off, and honked at way less. In fact, no one even honks, almost ever.

6. You realize that not everyone lives an hour from the shore.

Being able to wake up and text your friends for a quick beach trip on your day off is a thing of the past. No one should have to live this way.

7. You almost speak a different language.

The lingo and slang used in the Jersey area is... unique. It's totally normal until you leave, but then you find yourself receiving funny looks for your jargon and way fewer people relating to your humor. People don't say "jawn" in place of every noun.

8. Hoagies are never the same.

Or as others would say, "subs." There is nothing even close in comparison.

9. Needing Wawa more than life, and there's no one to relate.

When you complain to your friends about missing Wawa, they have no reaction. Their only response is to ask what it is, but there's no rightful explanation that can capture why it is so much better than just some convenient store.

10. You have to learn to pump gas. Eventually.

After a long period of avoidance and reluctance, I can now pump gas. The days of pulling up, rolling down your window, handing over your card and yelling "Fill it up regular please!" are over. When it's raining or cold, you miss this the most.

11. Your average pace of walking is suddenly very above-average.

Your friends will complain that you're walking too fast - when in reality - that was probably your slow-paced walk. Getting stuck behind painfully slow people is your utmost inconvenience.

12. You're asked about "Jersey Shore" way too often.

No, I don't know Snooki. No, our whole state and shore is not actually like that. We have 130 miles of some of the best beach towns in the country.

13. You can't casually mention NYC without people idealizing some magical, beautiful city.

Someone who has never been there has way too perfect an image of it. The place is quite average and dirty. Don't get me wrong, I love a good NYC day trip as much as the next person, but that's all it is to you... a day trip.

14. The lack of swearing is almost uncomfortable.

Jerseyans are known for their foul mouths, and going somewhere that isn't as aggressive as us is quite a culture adjustment.

15. No more jughandles.

No longer do you have to get in the far right lane to make a left turn.

16. You realize that other states are not nearly as extreme about their North/South division.

We literally consider them two different states. There are constant arguments and debates about it. The only thing that North and South Jersey can agree on is that a "Central Jersey" does not exist.

17. Most places also are not in a war over meat.

"Pork roll" or "taylor ham"... The most famous debate amongst North and South Jersey. It's quite a stupid argument, however, considering it is definitely pork roll.

18. You realize you were spoiled with fresh produce.

After all, it's called the "Garden State" for a reason. Your mouth may water just by thinking about some fresh Jersey corn.

19. You'll regret taking advantage of your proximity to everything.

Super short ride to the beach and a super short ride to Philly or NYC. Why was I ever bored?

20. Lastly, you realize how much pride you actually have in the "armpit of America," even if you claimed to dislike it before.

After all, there aren't many places with quite as much pride. You find yourself defending your state at all necessary moments, even if you never thought that would be the case.

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25 K-Pop Songs That Have Earned A Spot On Any Playlist

"Hit you with that DDU DU DDU DU"


Ever since "Gangnam Style" took over 2012, K-pop has slowly on the rise in North America. It's hard to ignore with groups like BTS getting nominated for and attending the Grammys and Blackpink being the first K-pop group to perform at Coachella K-pop is getting harder and harder to ignore.

A quick note before we get to the playlist: K-pop itself is not a genre. It refers to Korean pop, however, it is often used as a broad term simply for Korean music when that is not entirely accurate. Many of the songs on this list cross genre boundaries and therefore K-pop may not be the best term to describe them. Please take any "K-pop" classification with a grain of salt.

Now, onto the playlist! You can find all of the songs on this Spotify playlist.

1. "Egotistic" by Mamamoo

An infectious song that it's pretty much impossible not to dance to.

2. "Forever Young" by Blackpink

The definitive song off of Blackpink's most recent album "Square Up", "Forever Young" is a bop that you'll get absolutely addicted to. Check out the dance practice!

3. "Heroine" by Sunmi

An empowering song about being your own heroine and staying strong.

4. "Babe" by Hyuna

An adorable song that details her feelings about her relationship with fellow K-pop star, E'Dawn. It's a song that simply makes you happy listening to it.

5. "Call Me Baby" by EXO

A classic for EXO fans this song is fun and mixes genres to create a catchy pop song that you'll catch yourself singing hours later.

6. "I Love You" by EXID

EXID's most recent release--the song mixes a retro feel--with a love song which gives it a dance-able beat, with ballad worthy vocals.

7. "Dally" by Hyolyn

A song about a break up that will make you want to get down in the club. It's impossible not to be attracted to the slow progression of the song.

8. "Waste It On Me" by Steve Aoki ft. BTS

BTS' foray into English with the help of Steve Aoki. It's for all intents and purposes a Western pop song, but it's crossover appeal and unforgettable chorus make it a must for this list.

9. "Hero" by Monsta X

This song is absolutely infectious. It's beat is perfect for the gym and the song feels almost larger than life.

10. "Good Boy" by GD x Taeyang

The Big Bang alums teamed up to create a song with rap and EDM influences. It's easy to see why this song became an instant hit.

11. "Look" by GOT7

While not GOT7's most popular single, "Look" is a cute love song about taking away their lover's troubles. It's a sweet song with a pop beat.

12. "moonchild" by RM

A toned down song from BTS' RM, this song is comforting and relaxing in stark contrast to the rest of this list. It's a song that's perfect for stargazing.

13. "Killing Me" by IKON

An infectious dance hit from iKon it was among one of the most notable from 2018. The drop in the song is noteworthy and the buildup to it is worth it.

14. "Shine" by Pentagon

Ah, one of the reasons the shoot dance became so popular. Pentagon's "Shine" is a fun song and wholly just fun to listen to.

15. "SOLO" by Jennie

Blackpink's Jennie dropped a solo song aptly titled, "SOLO" in October 2018. It's a song that celebrates being single and owning it.

16. "Song Request" by Lee Sora ft. Suga

A new and unexpected collaboration between soloist Lee Sora and BTS' Suga. It has a rainy day feel and is definitely one of those songs that will make you stare out a rainy car window.

17. "Metronome" by Weki Meki

This song and Weki Meki, in general, are slept on by international fans. This song is rhythmic and I found myself drawn to it almost immediately.

18. "Save Me" by BTS

While from 2016, this song was recently referenced on their recent track "I'm Fine" and the song still stands up. While mixing EDM, pop, and hip hop the song is a favorite of fans.

19. "Forget About Tomorrow" by Jay Park

A slower dance song that is all about living in the moment.

20. "Want" by Taemin

A very recent release from SHINee's Taemin this sensual song became an instant classic and is currently tearing up the charts.

21. "Bad Boy" by Red Velvet

One of the definitive Red Velvet songs "Bad Boy" takes an interesting look at the bad boy trope and is all around just a fun song.

22. "Lip & Hip" by Hyuna

The second Hyuna song on this list, it is very different from the previous listing. "Lip & Hip" gives off a sexier vibe and is all about embracing yourself and your sexuality.

23. "Dance The Night Away" by Twice

A catchy pop song that doesn't need much explanation. It is simple and all around easy to listen to.

24. "Really Really" by Winner

Another song you'll find yourself singing long after turning it off. It is infectious and the beat is impossible not to dance to.

25. "Lo Siento" by Super Junior

Super Junior's take on the recent Latin-inspired trend. Not only does the Latin beat perfect and rhythmic, but they enlist Leslie Grace to sing the chorus and bring in more Spanish lyrics.

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