A star from 'Glee' chats with his family about moving clear across the world (and it's super cute).
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Here's Harry Shum Jr. — dancer, actor, and singer.


Harry smiles at his pops. All images from Welcome US.


Recognize him? Of course you do. That's 'cause he had a minor role in "Step Up 3D," the third installment in the epic "Step Up" trilogy we all know and love.

... No? Not that? OK fine. He also had a much bigger regular role on the ever-so-popular show "Glee." He was Mike Chang, the hands-down, no-questions-asked best male dancer in the entire series (in, like, everyone's opinion).

If Harry said, "I was born in a country [that] starts with a 'C'," what would you guess?

Where d'ya think this wee little Harry was born?

If you guessed Costa Rica, *ding ding ding!* you're RIGHT!

Let's back up and take a look at Harry's story, which his parents explain in this awesome short video made by Welcome US and directed by Paola Mendoza.


See, Harry's parents were born in different parts of China.

Then they moved from China to Costa Rica, where their three kids were born.

Then when Harry (the youngest sibling) was 6, the family moved to California.

Harry grew up with awesome influences from three different cultures: Chinese, Costa Rican, and American.

How cool is that!?

He talks about trying to learn English and Cantonese at the same time as a kid, after having learned Spanish as a first language. Um, wow.

Harry with his sisters.

Harry explains that he feels mostly Asian-American because he was so young when the family moved away from Costa Rica. But he's learned a lot of things about Latin culture from his older sisters.

As a kid, he was always really into performing. But he says, "it took [being] here in America" to know that he could "actually go and perform around these people that are incredibly talented."

Harry's love of performing grew over the years until it became his career — eventually leading to his most famous role on "Glee."

People come from all over the place, and everyone has a different story.

(Sorry, not sorry, for the cheesefest — it's true.)

Harry's not just American. He's also not just Costa Rican. Aaanndd — you guessed it — he's not just Chinese. He's a little bit of everything. And it's that little bit of everything that's led him down the path to where he is today.

And, if ya ask me, that's pretty darn great.

Harry performs a choreographed dance to a voice-over about being shy as a kid. See the dance here.

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