Crazy Rich Asians: can the romcom be a gamechanger for representation?

Hollywood has been reluctant to take a chance on east Asian and south-east Asian stories.

But a seductive, crowd-pleasing comedy is following Us TV’s lead in bringing their voices to the screenI have been on my toes in anticipation for Crazy Rich Asians since Entertainment Weekly put the film’s stars, Constance Wu and Henry Golding, on its cover in November.

It is 25 years since Wayne Wang’s Chinese-American family saga The Joy Luck Club and, ever since, Hollywood has largely avoided commissioning south-east Asian (Sea) and east Asian (EA) stories.

But the movie’s seductive, funny trailer suggests it will mark an important moment for both communities’ presence in the mainstream.Directed by John M Chu, adapting Kevin Kwan’s bestselling book, the film portrays the opulent lives of affluent south-east Asians through the conventional, commercial lens of romantic comedy.

The all-Asian cast is led by Wu,

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