It’s not all rainbows and butterflies for Nicky Shen.
After suddenly returning home after a three-year detour in China, the Kung Fu The heroine finds herself trying to mend her relationship with her family after abandoning them for life in a monastery in China. While his father, Jin (Tzi Ma), is more than willing to let the past be the past, his mother is less inclined to give him the same warm welcome, especially with the family embroiled in dangerous relationships with the powerful local gang, the Triad.
In ET’s exclusive sneak peek of Wednesday’s episode, Nicky (Olivia Liang) confronts her past mistakes in a tense conversation with her mother, Mei-Li (Kheng Hua Tan), after making sure that Jin, recovering from injuries suffered in a beating, courtesy of the Triad – rest quietly on the couch. As the scene unfolds, it becomes clear how hurt her mother has been since Nicky left.
“When you went to China, he kept that table for you for months,” Mei-Li tells her daughter, referring to the Go (or Weiqi) board game that sits on the coffee table. “Even when I lost hope, I told him you wouldn’t come back, he didn’t believe me. He just fired me and said, ‘She will be back soon.’ We fought over that board. One day he just packed it up, didn’t say it. Maybe it hurt too much. “.
“When you came back, I told him not to get his hopes up,” he says, pain evident in his voice. “But he couldn’t help it with you.”
Nicky tries to reassure his mother by telling her that this time he is different, that he will not leave without warning. “Mom, I’m doing my best,” she pleads, hoping her mom will understand. “I know I left you but I came back.”
But it will take a lot more than that for Mei-Li to fully embrace her daughter’s return.
“You may have come back, but do you really want to be here? I don’t think you had anywhere else to go,” he says naturally, leaving Nicky in silence. After a second, Matriarch Shen asks, “Am I wrong?”
Before Kung Fu Debuting, Liang spoke about the meaning of the series and how he hopes it will change the perception of the Asian American community.
“It is very disturbing how relevant it is to what is happening today,” Liang told ET in March. “It is crazy how reflective the world we live in today, April 2021, is in the pilot. It does not escape us that our program will arrive at a very strange moment, disturbingly punctual … We speak of it is a claim of the original series that aired in the 70s, but I think it’s also a claim to our identity in this country. “
“We are taking power over the narrative of how we are seen and it seems silly to think that a television show can change our mind, but in reality, entertainment shapes our view of the world and shapes the narrative we have of people. “, He said. “Asian Americans and Asians in Hollywood have historically been oblivious, and I think our show is about to show everyone that we are not other.”
Kung Fu airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET / PT on The CW. For more information, see below.
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