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The film also stars Singapore, a place unfamiliar to most Westerners. For some, the real shocker in the movie will be just how crazy rich parts of Asia have become.To get a sense of the island city-state's meteoric rise, one need only compare the glittering metropolis depicted in "Crazy Rich Asians" with the hut-filled fishing village depicted in the 1940 classic comedy, "Road to Singapore," starring Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, and Bob Hope.With annual output of approximately $325 billion in 2017 and 5.6 million inhabitants, Singapore now ranks with Denmark economically but with a more diverse population.Although Asian-Americans have embraced the film as a breakthrough for Asian actors in mainstream Hollywood productions, is hotly debated in Singapore itself.Now, one hopes, Asia will become a bigger part of Hollywood culture, with more films featuring Asian locales and actors.Now perhaps Hollywood will use films like "Crazy Rich Asians" to illustrate key concepts about a region that is the biggest economic success story of the last several decades.
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