Crazy Rich Asians Series by Kevin Kwan
"Crazy Rich Asians" Writer Takes A Stand
The 'Crazy Rich Asians' sequel is delayed amid a pay dispute
Wu—who plays Rachel Chu in the Hollywood film adaptation, which premiered this month—is right, for the Crazy Rich Asians saga is set in a milieu that was never explored in fiction until the first book was published in We are just as crazy. The year-old Singaporean-American describes his own upbringing as normal and idyllic, and says that where his writing drew inspiration from his life, it was not in the way people might expect. Back then, life in Singapore was very different from today and its colonial past was still deeply felt. The vibe was more relaxed, says Kevin, and there was little to no pressure on the young when it came to their studies.
Kwan, 46, is looking for art to decorate the walls of his new home in LA , where he now spends more time than New York. The books do for modern, monied Asians what Jane Austen did for the English landed gentry two centuries ago — only without the literary subtlety. They depict a world of high teas, elaborate dinners and stuffy social rituals in which Kwan grew up in Singapore. The film of the first book, which came out last year, is an even more caricatured depiction of social advancement, full of jealous spouses, mean girls, manipulative mothers-in-law, cigar-chomping tycoons, Chuppies Chinese yuppies and Henwees high-net-worth individuals. Notably, it was also one of the first Hollywood films in which not a single character is white. The extravaganza was a hit. Kwan, by contrast, is calm, controlled and thoughtful, more likely to keep to the shadows than show off the spoils of his success.
The 'Crazy Rich Asians' sequel is delayed amid a pay dispute two sequels, adapted from best-selling author Kevin Kwan's trilogy, are on.
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