THE BROTHERS SUN – Sam Song Li Talks Going From UC Berkeley to Disappointing Our Moms

Sam Song Li's journey in The Brothers Sun mirrors his journey from UC Berkeley to disappointing our moms
The Brothers Sun

Sam Song Li, starring in Netflix’s new action-comedy family drama series, The Brothers Sun, offers a unique perspective on the intersection of traditional Asian values and the modern entertainment industry. His insights reflect the generational shifts and the evolving landscape of Asian representation in media.

The Influence of Parental Expectations

“You know, what’s funny about you saying that is the reason why I chose to go to Cal was actually because my mom just thought it was a better school, which is true. It’s like, of course, like, you know, my Asian mom is like, go to that one. Yeah, it’s super funny because I feel like in that sense, you know, it’s like life imitating art and art imitates life. I think that, you know, we’re there’s a generational difference with what we want. And I feel like, you know, our parents always want the best for us. And and it comes from a place of love.”

-Sam Song Li, Bruce Sun in The Brothers Sun-

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Li’s journey mirrors the narrative of The Brothers Sun, where traditional expectations clash with personal aspirations. The series, set in the San Gabriel Valley, a vibrant and unique community in Los Angeles, delves into the lives of a Taiwanese triad family. Li’s character, Bruce Sun, navigates the complexities of family legacy and his own identity.

The Importance of Diverse Storytelling

Li’s reflections on his personal journey and the role of Bruce Sun highlight the importance of diverse storytelling in modern media. The Brothers Sun not only entertains but also sparks conversations about cultural identity, family dynamics, and the challenges faced by Asian Americans in the entertainment industry.

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The show, directed by Kevin Tancharoen and Viet Nguyen, is a groundbreaking addition to the genre, blending action, comedy, and family drama. It’s a narrative that resonates deeply with Asian American audiences, showcasing the nuances of their experiences.

The Brothers Sun is now streaming exclusively on Netflix.

About The Brothers Sun

The Brothers Sun

Release Date: January 4, 2024
Created By: Brad Falchuk, Byron Wu
Executive Producers: Brad Falchuk, Byron Wu, Mikkel Bondesen, Kevin Tancharoen
Producers: John H. Radulovic
Distribution: Netflix
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Justin Chien, Sam Song Li, Highdee Kuan, Joon Lee, Jon Xue Xhang, Alice Hewkin, Jenny Yang, Madison Hu

When the head of a powerful Taiwanese triad is shot by a mysterious assassin, his eldest son, legendary killer Charles “Charileg” Sun (Justin Chien) heads to Los Angeles to protect his mother, Eileen (Michelle Yeoh), and his naive younger brother, Bruce (Sam Song Li) – who’s been completely sheltered from the truth of his family until now. But as Taipei’s deadliest societies and a new rising faction go head-to-head for dominance – Charles, Bruce and their mother must heal the wounds caused by their separation and figure out what brotherhood and family truly mean before one of their countless enemies kills them all.

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Professional Nerd | Amateur Human | Creative/Content Director The best way to describe Kevin Fenix is the kid you never tell what the buttons do in video games so you have a chance to win. Being 6’ 4” and Asian, he never really fit in, so he got comfortable standing out. Not only is it easy to find him in crowds, he dabbles in the culinary arts, does a little stand up and improv, and can honestly say Spider-Man is the Jesus-like influence of his life. Kevin Fenix loves dogs, movies, television, comics, comedy, and to shoot people… with video.