(Post image above from Crazy Rich Asians Official Facebook Page)

By now, most of us have heard of the movie ‘Crazy Rich Asians’.  At its heart, a modern day love story based on the popular book with the same title, by Singaporean-American author Kevin Kwan, and directed by Asian American filmmaker Jon M. Chu. What’s unconventional about this Hollywood studio backed American film is that it features an all-Asian cast.

World Wide Casting Call

We recall first reading about Chu’s casting call to Asian talents on www.thehive.asia in Jan 2017 for this film. “Whether you’re from Thailand, Singapore, Philippine, here in the States, U.K., Australia, Hong Kong, wherever, we are looking for you,” he offered, “it’s a huge step in representation (for Asians) and a great opportunity to showcase talented Asian actors out there.”

Formidable Asian Community

This movie truly marks a momentous milestone for diversity and inclusive representation in Hollywood and in Western media. Crazy Rich Asians is the first American film in a long time that stars a majority Asian cast. And boy did the Asian American community come together to celebrate this film, no, this social milestone! Theatres were bought out for special screening from L.A. to Washington, contributing to the movie’s overwhelming opening. Crazy Rich Asians brought in more than 34 million on its opening weekend, delivering above and beyond all expectations.

Asian Community Online

While the Crazy Rich Asians cast and narrative was in no mean representative of the diverse Asian community at large, the film was poised to spark a movement from the start.  Makers of the film reported turned down a large payout from Netflix for a worldwide box office release. They had wanted its debut to be loud and thunderous, and the social media did not disappoint! According to Twitter, there were more than 780,000 tweets by the film’s first weekend release, making it the most tweeted about movie in August 2018.

Asian Identity Online

Here at .Asia we are dedicated to representing not only Asia, but also this dynamic Asian Community online. If you are looking for an online name to represent Asia and the Asian spirit, why not consider choosing a .Asia domain such as ‘www.Tribe.asia’. We hope you’ll find your next Asian community on a .Asia domain.

#CrazyRichAsians #CRA #GoldOpen #RepresentationMatters

References:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/movies/crazy-rich-asians-gold-open.html
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/crazy-rich-asians-and-the-end-point-of-representation
http://www.fortune.com/2018/08/20/crazy-rich-asians-social-media/
https://www.facebook.com/CrazyRichAsiansMovie/

This.Is.Asia Newsletter Issues

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

NetMission Ambassadors 2019 Recruitment Now Open!

NetMission Ambassadors 2019 Recruitment Now Open!

We are excited to announce that NetMission is extending to the entire Asia Pacific region this year! Building on our past years of success and growing network of alumni as well as enhanced collaboration with our regional partners, we have decided to reach beyond Hong...

read more
Empowering the Pacific Communities with APrIGF Vanuatu

Empowering the Pacific Communities with APrIGF Vanuatu

Taking place the first time in Pacific, APrIGF Vanuatu 2018 has concluded in tremendous success with 80% show-up rate of 300+ attendees in total from around the region. A highlight is that the 2 under-represented stakeholders in the past have observed significant...

read more
2nd Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival (KIFF)

2nd Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival (KIFF)

Supported by DotAsia, Co-organised by non-profit organisation 3SPACE, Golden Scene Company Limited and ELEMENTS, the 2nd Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival (KIFF) officially kicked off on July 28th with the opening ceremony being held at ELEMENTS Mall,...

read more
Bangladesh making tremendous strides!

Bangladesh making tremendous strides!

Bangladesh has been one of Asia’s most stunning and unexpected success economies in recent years. With a social progressive policy in place, Bangladesh has transformed from one of the poorest countries in Asia to an aspiring economy. Of the many factors accounting for this transformation, the online space has played a vital role

read more