Crazy Rich Asians shatters cultural stereotypes in an unexpected way

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“Crazy Rich Asians” had a crazy rich first weekend at the box office and after seeing the exceptionally talked about movie, it’s easy to see why it has already reached $76 million at the box office.

It’s hard to decide if the film provokes more laughter or tears from its audience, but one thing’s for sure, it will speak to you.

Based on the best-selling trilogy, “Crazy Rich Asians” is a rom-com masterpiece that celebrates cultural diversity through its remarkably talented Asian leads. This film follows a young Asian woman, Rachel Chu, who was raised in America by her single mother as she chases love with Nick Young. who was raised in a very traditional Asian family.

When Nick asks Rachel to accompany him to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore, Rachel is delighted at the chance to meet Nick’s family. Rachel soon learns of Nick’s family’s extreme wealth and is placed in an unexpected spotlight. Jealous socialites relentlessly attack Rachel while Nick’s mother makes her disapproval of their relationship well known. Nick’s mother is cautious to allow Rachel into their family because she sees her Western upbringing as selfish and passion-driven rather than family oriented. “Crazy Rich Asians” tackles these different stereotypes that are often thrown on Asian-Americans in a romantic and light-hearted way.

By allowing Rachel to remain true to herself while finding a way to relate to Nick’s mother, the film gives us a female heroine who changes the way we look at cultural diversity and stereotypes. Rachel Chu is fiercely and unapologetically herself despite the opinions of others, leaving the audience with an unfaltering respect for the lead character.

Not only is this movie receiving praise for offering Asians and Asian-Americans roles that they’ve long-deserved, it’s also receiving praise for its feel-good way of shedding light on how we’re all more alike than we are different. “Crazy Rich Asians” points out the often forgotten obvious: no matter what our cultural background may be, we’re all human first.

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