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1, Aug 19, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians book and movie

Filed under: Book — admin @ 2:55 pm

I have read the books by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, Rich People Problems. Yesterday I watched movie adapted from Kwan’s novels. As always, movie runs at a faster pace and with less time than novels, therefore it gives much less details than books.

The main thing is: the central theme shifts when it is adapted to movie. The movie is more on the cultural conflict between east and west.

Family always comes first in the east and individuals need to make sacrifice for their family, while in west as represented by Rachel Chu and Nick Young, individual passion and happiness take precedence over family. Of course, in the end the western value prevails.

The novels are more like a satire on the shallow rich, materialistic, and snobbish Asians than east-west cultural conflict.

To my surprise, I found out today that this movie even makes it to Time cover story. I have no doubt that Crazy Rich Asians is about to elevate the images of Asians, much faster than anything else.

What can we say about movie and culture? Movie uses visual images to convey messages. Never underestimate the power of images as here presented by these Asian movies stars. They are a much stronger force in improving Asian images than all the hard work by Asians to outperform academically. Of course, because movie stars get more publicity than Nobel price winners.

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