Singapore says Crazy Rich Asians author skipped service duty


The author of "Crazy Rich Asians", which has been adapted into a hit Hollywood movie, is wanted in his native Singapore for allegedly dodging mandatory national service, authorities said Wednesday. He also stayed overseas without a valid exit permit.

He was liable to a fine of up to S$10,000 ($7,315) "and/or imprisonment of up to 3 years upon conviction", the ministry said.

The romantic comedy about an Asian-American New Yorker, who goes to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's wealthy and tradition-bound family of Chinese descent, is based on the 2013 best-selling book of the same name by Kevin Kwan.

Kwan's publicist has not yet responded to a CNN request for comment.

"In 1994, his application and subsequent appeal to renounce his Singapore citizenship without serving NS were rejected".

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All male Singaporean citizens and second-generation permanent residents are required to undergo national service for two years. This is not surprising, really, considering author Kevin Kwan's desire to "repeat what happened with The Hunger Games or with Harry Potter or with all these series", and the source material (follow-up novels China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems) is already there. Being on Nick's arm puts a target on Rachel's back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick's own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim.

Congrats! The original team from "Crazy Rich Asians" plans to return for a sequel - and probably another film after that, to complete the trilogy.

Shot nearly entirely in Singapore, plot of the book and film make good use of Kwan's homeland - coming across as "a love letter to the food, culture and beauty of this area", according to the film's producer, Brad Simpson.

Crazy Rich Asians features an global cast of stars, led by Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat), Gemma Chan (Humans), Lisa Lu (2012), and Awkwafina (upcoming Ocean's 8, Neighbors 2), with Ken Jeong (the Hangover films) and Michelle Yeoh (Star Trek: Discovery, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).