Published: Thu, August 23, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Crazy Rich Asians Is Officially Getting A China Rich Girlfriend Sequel

Crazy Rich Asians Is Officially Getting A China Rich Girlfriend Sequel

The government said in a statement that Kwan was wanted for "defaulting on his NS obligations" for failing to register as required in 1990, and for staying overseas without a valid exit permit.

According to Singapore's Straits Times, Kwan's family moved to Texas when he was 11, but as his appeal to renounce his Singaporean citizenship without completing NS was rejected, he could still find himself in legal jeopardy should he return to the country.

The film, directed by Jon M. Chu, has been widely praised as a breakthrough for Asian-American and southeast Asian representation at the USA box office, where the last film with an all-Asian cast was 1993's The Joy Luck Club. He also didn't have the right permit for a long term stay overseas, the Ministry said.

Male Singapore citizens are required to undergo two years of national service upon turning 18.

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Crazy Rich Asians celebrated its Asian premiere in Singapore on Tuesday night (Aug 22), with local-born stars such as Fiona Xie delighted to be bringing the film home to the city where it was filmed.

While it has been widely praised in the United States, the movie has drawn flak in Singapore for focusing on the wealthy ethnic Chinese and ignoring the country's substantial minorities. To be based on Kevin Kwan's second book, China Rich Girlfriend, the followup film will track the development of Charlie (Harry Shum Jr.) and Astrid's (Gemma Chan) relationship, as well as taking Nick (Henry Golding) and Rachel (Constance Wu) to China on a search for her father. Being on Nick's arm puts a target on Rachel's back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick's own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim.

Crazy Rich Asians is doing great business at the box office.

But the scenes of excess are a far cry from the true lifestyles of Singapore's ultra-wealthy, who often lead more conservative, low-key existences than their peers in other parts of Asia.

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