Writing about transnational cinema: Crazy Rich Asians

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Abstract

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) is a landmark film, both in terms of its representation (as the first U.S. studio-released film with an all-Asian cast since The Joy Luck Club (1993)), and in terms of its popularity (as the highest grossing romantic comedy in a decade). This transnational film – shot in Malaysia, set in Singapore, with a cast and crew from around the world – has been met with divergent responses since its release. How do we write about a film as symbolically significant as Crazy Rich Asians? How can we approach the question of ethnic stereotyping in transnational screen media without succumbing to descriptions of racial purity or attempting to avoid stereotypes
altogether?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWriting About Screen Media
EditorsLisa Patti
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter6
Pages75-78
Number of pages4
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)978081539324
ISBN (Print)978081539351
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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