Malaysian author Tash Aw wants to shine a light on the ugly reality hiding behind the slick suits and skyscrapers synonymous with the hit film Crazy Rich Asians.

Crazy Rich Asians hides an ugly reality. One author wants to expose it

  • Malaysian author Tash Aw feels the hit film’s theme of success gives Asians ‘a sense of self-confidence that we are no longer these poor repressed people’
  • But he says the gap between Asia’s rich and poor is much greater than in the West, and it is a gap that is growing far quicker
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Malaysian author Tash Aw wants to shine a light on the ugly reality hiding behind the slick suits and skyscrapers synonymous with the hit film Crazy Rich Asians.
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Refugees aboard a train in Shanghai in 1949. For those that reached the United States, ghettoes, racism and mistrust awaited. Photo: Getty

When East Asians were the enemy: why fleeing newly communist China meant enduring racism

  • ‘Everybody who needed to be killed had an East Asian face’ in movies and on the news, says author Helen Zia of America in the 1950s and ’60s
  • Among those escaping Mao’s revolution were tens of thousands from Shanghai, including Zia’s mother, who are the subject of her latest book
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Refugees aboard a train in Shanghai in 1949. For those that reached the United States, ghettoes, racism and mistrust awaited. Photo: Getty
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