As a child growing up in Brisbane, Maria Tran was fascinated by 80s martial arts films.
She would envision herself in one; her alter ego was the underdog that became the one everyone cheered for.
The films were outlandish and yet somehow, relatable.
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"My alter ego wanted to be an action star because growing up watching a lot of the 80s Asian martial arts films, I thought they represented what I wanted to be," Tran told Mamamia.
"We're the underdogs in Australia, but when I get to watch these films, we get to be the heroes."
Tran is a second generation Vietnamese-Australian. Her parents, who both came to Australia by boat after the Vietnam War, ran a fish and chip shop, which was located 12 minutes from their closest competition, Pauline Hanson. The takeaway shop became a symbol of the family's goal to "make a difference and contribute" to their adopted homeland.
Tran will appear on the first episode of season three of Where Are You Really From?, which is premiering on SBS on Tuesday.
The episode focuses on Brisbane's Vietnamese community.