Kevin Kwan is the author of Crazy Rich Asians, the international best-selling novel that became a ground-breaking and box office-shattering movie of the same title directed by Jon M. Chu. The movie grossed more than $238 million and became Hollywood's highest grossing romantic comedy in 10 years. It was also the first major studio movie to feature a majority Asian cast in 25 years. Kevin Kwan's books have been translated into 30 languages. The Crazy Rich Asians trilogy also included China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems. At one point in 2018, the three books held the top three spots on the New York Times Bestsellers List. His new book is Sex and Vanity. During this podcast, Kevin discusses Sex and Vanity, the success of Crazy Rich Asians, his writing process, and racism directed against Asian Americans in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kevin Kwan, author of bestselling novel and movie Crazy Rich Asians, spoke at an event at Scripps College Jan. 31. In this episode, Rui-Jie Yew SC' 21 talks to Elizabeth Tong SC '22, Britanee Okamura SC '19, Christina You SC '21 and Rachel Lim CM ‘20 about their impressions of the event.
The podcasting team consists of Caroline Albro SC '21, D'Maia Curry PO '19, Ittai Sopher PZ '19 and Rui-Jie Yew SC '21. Music from BenSound.com.
Kwan thought the screen adaptation of his bestselling novel might be a small independent film — instead it's been hailed as a groundbreaking moment for Hollywood casting. He tells Terry Gross about his upbringing in Singapore and how it inspired the book. Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Wild! Wild! Wild!' an album by Linda Gail Lewis and Robbie Fulks, and John Powers reviews Olga Tokarczuk's Man Booker-winning novel 'Flights.'