“Crazy Rich Asians” may have had a hugely successful debut in America, but viewers in Asia aren’t so sure about it.
Director John M. Chu’s romcom is all the rage in America, grossing more than $35 million since its debut. But once it hit home in Singapore, as well as showings in other Asian countries, critics are saying it fails to showcase the country’s ethnic diversity. While most of the country is made up of Chinese people, residents of Malaysian, Indian, or other Eurasian descent make up a quarter of its population.
Fans praise the film for challenging ethnic stereotypes, plus the film is a chance to boost Singapore’s tourism… but not everyone is convinced. “To us, ‘Crazy Rich’ should not just be about the opulence and luxury showcased in the film, but Singapore’s actual richness in terms of our diversity,” says Singapore Tourism Board’s spokesperson Lynette Pang.
Source: Page Six