AMERICAN BORN CHINESE Cancelled by Disney+, Will Seek New Home


The first season of American Born Chinese—the series starring Everything Everywhere All At Once Oscar winners Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan—ended on a cliffhanger. Ben Wang’s Jin had begun to master his abilities, but he returned home to find an empty house. The show ended with Princess Iron Fan telling Jin he’d have to go with her if he ever wanted to see his parents again. Where was she taking him? Fans waiting to find out better hope the answer is another streaming site. Disney+ has cancelled American Born Chinese due to low ratings. Fortunately producers could look for another place to continue the story.


Variety reports that despite Disney executives’ high opinion of the show the series is done with the Mouse House. There were simply not enough viewers to continue with a second season. Positive reviews from critics and fans alike were unable to save it as well. All hope is not loss for those who did watch, though. Variety says the show’s producers “plan to shop the series to other outlets.”

Based on Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel, the comedy also features Yeo Yann Yann, Chin Han, Jimmy Liu, Sydney Taylor, and Daniel Wu. Kelvin Yu serves as showrunner and executive producer. It’s official logline says it “chronicles the trials and tribulations of a regular American teenager whose life is forever changed when he befriends the son of a mythological god.” That teenager is Jin, and his story is a “battle for his own identity, told through family, comedy, and action-packed Kung-Fu.”

American Born Chinese friends hang out at the lunch table

If his story is to continue onscreen, his battle will now also include finding a new television home. Hopefully the show’s diverse cast, universal themes, and unquestioned star power will help it land on its feet. Fans, cast, and crew are certainly hopeful it will. But Jin’s parents are depending on it.


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