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  • Marah Heikkila

Diversity in Hollywood: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Goes Beyond Expectations

First and foremost, “Crazy Rich Asians” is a film that has something for everyone. It’s dramatic, it’s funny, and it’s thrilling. It’ll make you laugh one moment and then tear up from the sheer sappiness the next. Some parts are romantically cheesy and some parts are tragic, yet they blend together in order to form the perfect mix of sweetness, bitterness, and realness.

The story focuses on Rachel Chu, played by Constance Wu, an economics professor who is in love with her boyfriend Nick Young, played by Henry Golding. He ends up having to go home to celebrate his best friend’s wedding and invites his girlfriend to come along, consequently opening up to his world that includes multiple Chinese families who are beyond rich, who scheme, and some who even try to break the pair up.

One thing that’s super important to address is the cast, most of it being comprised of “real” Asians, which may not seem like a huge deal, but it is. It’s very rare that people get to see a sellout movie that features a cast that doesn’t t the mold of having mainly white actors or actresses.

The diversity only goes to enrich the film, and it also uses culture references, dialect, and memories to bring forward certain traditions and elements of Chinese culture. In one scene, Constance makes dumplings with the Young family, learning how Henry’s mother did as well, how the older women always did this, that it was a tradition to make them.

While having a unique cast, the film also gives the viewer plenty of emotions to feel. One might feel extremely upset or even bewildered by how the inner circle of the rich families in China, and even Henry’s mother, treat Constance because they think her class de les their status.

Through this representation and these emotions, the film also addresses issues within the Asian community, like the top wealthy in certain Asian countries being made up of Chinese families. It also goes to show just how toxic and petty inner circles of the wealthy can be, and how it can even harm relationships.

This novel-based adaptation is one that anyone would like, whether there’s a character someone can identify with or circumstance that they can identify with. There is something there that can entice a spectrum of people, and while doing so, it also spreads awareness to diversity, to the lack there has been in Hollywood, and how this film is a big milestone.

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