Crazy Rich Asians is the beach-read-turned-blockbuster adaptation we're familiar with, but with one huge difference. The entire cast of the film, and the director, is Asian. It's that simple, yet it hasn't been seen in Hollywood in 25 years. The film's release comes amid a reckoning over the importance of genuine cultural representation in pop culture. A conversation propelled by the tremendous success of Black Panther earlier this year. Is this a sign Hollywood is finally telling diverse stories, or simply two movies based on already successful properties being cast right? Madelyn Chung, freelance writer at, shares what it was like to grow up rarely seeing images in the media of people - especially women - who looked like her, and why Crazy Rich Asians is such an important movie for this generation and generations to come.


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