Superficial but fun, this satire describes life for Chinese old money and nouveaux: The Independent

CrazyRichAsiansAt the heart of the novel are Nick and Rachel, a couple of university professors living in New York. Nick comes from a vastly affluent family, but Rachel is unaware of this. Their relationship has become serious, and Nick invites Rachel to accompany him to Singapore for the wedding of a friend at which Nick is to be Best Man. Nick wants Rachel to finally meet his family.

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CrazyRichAsiansNothing succeeds like success. While this year, three Asian writers published three well-publicised novels on the Asia’s new rich (Tash Aw’s Five Star Billionaire, Mohsin Hamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians), one has been picked by Hollywood.

Hollywood has picked up the film rights to “Crazy Rich Asians,”  author Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel about three prominent Chinese families preparing for a lavish wedding in Singapore.

Color Force, the production company behind last year’s hit “The Hunger Games,” acquired the rights for an undisclosed amount. The film will be produced outside of the studio system, it said in a statement.

A book with a title as brash as Crazy Rich Asians is just asking to be picked up and read. The ascent of Asian money is all too real, yet at the same time, one can’t help but ask where such money came from – and who these people are. And thanks to Kevin Kwan’s debut novel, we can enter into this world of intrigue.

The story centres around girlfriend and boyfriend Rachel Chu and Nick Young, the latter heir to one of the largest billionaire fortunes in Singapore. The two have been living in rather isolated bliss in New York; Rachel, an American-born Chinese (ABC), knows nothing about Nick’s powerful family and the futureexpectations of him—until he brings her home for the society wedding of the year at which Nick is best man.