If you haven’t seen Crazy Rich Asians, you probably should since we CANNOT guarantee that this episode will be spoiler free. The TRP will go over a few plot points over the course of today’s discussion. Here is a quick introduction to the movie:
- Director: Jon M Chu also directed GI Joe: Retaliation, Step Up 2: The Streets, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.
- Characters: Constance Wu (Fresh off the Boat), main character, plays Rachel Chu and newcomer Henry Golding plays Nick Young (Rachel’s boyfriend).
- Synopsis: The story is about a Chinese American economics professor, Rachel, that gets invited by her boyfriend, Nick, to accompany him to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. The twist is Rachel finds out that her boyfriend is part of the richest family in Singapore. Some of the situations presented in the movie are extreme for cinematic and/or comedic effect, many of the obstacles that Rachel faces are often faced by other Asian Americans here in the states.
How and Can Asians Relate to Crazy Rich Asians? Outline
- What is your general impressions of Crazy Rich Asians?
- Did you like it?
- Why or why not?
- In the beginning of the movie, Rachel is shopping for clothes for the wedding with her mom. Rachel’s mom warns her that even though she looks Chinese and speaks Chinese, the people in Singapore may not be willing to accept her as one of them.
- Do you find that people in your respective homelands treat you differently when they know you are American?
- Does this affect your relationships with any family and/or friends you have there?
- During the party at the house, Nick has a conversation with his mom where she warns him to not be too American. This foreshadows her feelings that Rachel is not a good fit for him because she does not share the same values as them. One of these values is the importance of sacrificing your dreams to take care of your family instead.
- Has your family ever imposed this value on you?
- Have you ever had to give up a dream because it lacked a clearly defined future?
- Now if we talk about the movie as a whole, there are 2 main criticisms that we’ve seen coming from the Asian American community.
- Firstly, the movie is said to be not Asian enough. It just replaces a typical Hollywood romcom drama with Asian actors and fit Asian cultural references to fit. Thoughts?
- Second, some say the movie doesn’t really represent enough of a cross-section of Asia as a continent. The movie focuses on Chinese culture and can even be seen as furthering the stereotype that all Asians are Chinese. Do you find this to be the case?
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