Constance Wu, frontwoman of the highly-anticipated romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians has penned a letter explaining why this absolute beast of a film means so much to so many people around the world.
Based on the novel of the same name by Kevin Kwak, Wu plays New Yorker Rachel Chu, your average person accompanying her boyfriend of several years, Nick Young (Henry Golding) to his best mate’s wedding in Singapore. Sounds cute enough although as the trip to Nick’s home-country reveals, he’s not your average person. He actually belongs to one of the richest families in Singapore.
Despite all the bling, this opens up a world of pain for Rachel who not only has to navigate her way through rich-people-stuff but also has to deal with Nick’s disapproving mother and jealous socialites who don’t believe Rachel’s good enough for Nick.
The flick’s directed by Jon. M Chu and also costars Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, and the legendary Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh… just to name a few.
With the film set for release in just a week and a bit (in the United States), Wu explained how important this movie is for Asian American representation in the film industry.
In a little over a week the Warner Bros film ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ will be released. It’s a bit of a déjà vu for me because CRA is the first Hollywood Studio film in over 25 years to centre an Asian American’s story.
Before CRA, I hadn’t even done a tiny part in a studio film… I never dreamed I would get to star in one… because I had never seen that happen to someone who looked like me. CRA is changing that, just like Fresh Off The Boat did.
CRA not only centres on an Asian American story, it’s also filled with a talented, dynamic, unique all-Asian cast.
…My dear Asian American friends, we are building our own damn houses. We got the tools, the ability and we definitely got style. Just because others don’t see it, doesn’t mean we don’t have it. I hope Asian American kids watch CRA and realise that they can be the heroes of their own stories.
You can read her full letter, below:
Crazy Rich Asians will land in Aussie cinemas, August 30, 2018.