Could This Show Save Disney+? ‘American Born Chinese’ Hits Platform

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The race to master streaming content has brought the world dozens of streaming platforms, all hoping to offer original content that beats out their competitors. The Walt Disney Company is one of the most successful entertainment entities in the world but is not immune from the pitfalls of streaming.

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Disney Plus had invested in and canceled a handful of shows on its platform that failed to garner audience acclaim. Some examples include National Treasure: Edge of History, Turner and Hootch, Game Changers, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Diary of a Future President, Big Shot, and The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.

As of May 24, 2023, a new highly-anticipated series debuted on the platform, and viewers are already loving it. American Born Chinese is listed as a coming of age, comedy, fantasy, and adventure in which high schooler Jin battles not only his personal demons, but also mythological gods! The star-studded cast features Everything Everywhere All At Once actors Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan (also of Indiana Jones), and Stephanie Hsu.

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Ben Wang plays Jin Wang, the protagonist of this graphic novel adaptation. It showcases Chinese culture amongst his American struggle to find his place. The show combines elements of Kung Fu, an essence of Anime, and family-driven Disney magic known to the brand. American Born Chinese ominously begins “The Jade Emporor has peacefully ruled the Heavenly Realm for millennia. But the Bull Demon has mounted an uprising…”

Film Updates posted that American Born Chinese currently has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s what some Twitter users had to say.

That’s how u know it’s good and well-written

we will be watching for michelle yeoh

woah this is gonna be really good, just the cast is amazing 

And it’s great I’m happy to report

Neat!! [To me, that’s cinema.]

American Born Chinese also stars Jim Liu, Sydney Taylor, Daniel Wu, Yeo Yann Yann, Chin Han, and Jimmy O. Yang.

Will people pour into Disney Plus to see American Born Chinese? Or will this be another headstone in Disney’s graveyard of streaming?


About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!