As I had explained in advance, this last weekend of the month is incredibly busy for me, and so naturally, there hasn’t been as much time nor head space to come up with something substantial to write for this week. However, with “Crazy Rich Asians” out in theaters for a week and a half now, I figured that re-sharing the links to all the pieces I alone have written about the film prior to and after its release would make for a good Recommended Analyzing post.
I have had so much to say about this film. I written in defense of Henry Golding’s casting as the male lead, why I even wanted to see this film in the first place, the timing of its release with what I have going on in my life, and how the film’s significance really hit me when a certain indie singer-songwriter made an appearance in a particularly pivotal scene. I did not include the group review I took part in for YOMYOMF. I found it wisest to focus only on the ones from my point of view alone.
I hope you enjoy reading them, and if you haven’t seen “Crazy Rich Asians” already, then I also hope these pieces convince you to go see it:
The Significance of that One Cameo in “Crazy Rich Asians” (8/21/18): “For a film that has had so much controversy surrounding the casting of Hapa actors – particularly the male lead, Golding – prior to its release, seeing her perform in that moment felt like both a way to shut down the naysayers and a way to celebrate the wide and diverse Asian American community. As a Hapa myself, it was incredibly meaningful to me to see her.” (Multiracial Media)
CRAZY RICH ASIANS Makes for Crazy Inspiring Times (8/10/18): “I want to do to my part in contributing to the growing number of Asian American narratives, and with CRAZY RICH ASIANS about to come out, it now feels like my efforts – whether writing a script or appearing for a brief moment onscreen – will actually count towards making something happen.” (YOMYOMF)
Thoughts About “Crazy Rich Asians” (5/26/18): “This is the first Hollywood film to star an all-Asian cast to come out in years; the last time being back in 1993 with Wayne Wang’s ‘The Joy Luck Club;’ an adaptation of Amy Tan’s novel of the same name. Just to put things in perspective, in 1993, I started walking without help. That’s how long it has been, and that’s insane!”
Why Henry Golding is “Asian Enough” for “Crazy Rich Asians” (1/13/18): “So if Obama – despite his mixed heritage – can still be seen as America’s first Black president and if Lee – despite his own mixed heritage – can be seen as an iconic Asian American figure, then there should be no argument against Golding’s casting for ‘Crazy Rich Asians.'” (Multiracial Media)
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