Michelle Yeoh in a scene from Crazy Rich Asians, a film in which is it fashionable for the fabulously wealthy to flaunt their wealth. The same was not true in imperial China. Picture: Warner Bros. Pictures
Wee Kek Koon
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Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

When being a crazy rich Asian could be dangerous – in imperial China

Once one of China’s richest men, 14th century merchant Shen Wansan learned the hard way that flashing the cash could have life-threatening implications

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Michelle Yeoh in a scene from Crazy Rich Asians, a film in which is it fashionable for the fabulously wealthy to flaunt their wealth. The same was not true in imperial China. Picture: Warner Bros. Pictures
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