Discussion Questions for January 17th

Discussion Questions for Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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1. Who has had an opportunity to read the book? Watch the movie? What did you like most? What did you like least?

2. “Crazy Rich Asians” is the first Hollywood studio feature set entirely in the present with an all-Asian/Asian American cast. Why is this notable? Why does representation matter in movies, on television, and in books?

3.  How do you feel about the author’s use of book footnotes? Did they enhance your understanding of the story and the culture portrayed?

4. The author uses several different points of view to tell the story. Which point of view did you connect with the most? Were you able to relate to any of the characters? The families? Why or why not?

5. In the prologue, the general manager of a posh London hotel would not let Eleanor, Felicity, Alexandra, and their families stay at the hotel. What do you think of this opening? This happened in the 1980’s; were you surprised by the racial implications?

6. Does Nick’s description - “It’s like any big family. I have loudmouth uncles, eccentric aunts, obnoxious cousins, the whole nine yards” (p.67) - match the way most of us view our own families? Does this description cross economic and cultural lines?

7. What does Rachel’s view of Asian men reveal about the complications of growing up Asian in America? (p. 90)