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'Crazy Rich Asians' a reflection of Singaporeans' aspirations

Lavish lifestyle depicted on screen offers reminder of very real inequality

Moviegoers in Singapore pass a poster for "Crazy Rich Asians," which showcases the growing wealth in the city-state. (Photo by Mayuko Tani)

SINGAPORE -- The Hollywood romantic comedy "Crazy Rich Asians" became an international sensation this year with its depiction of mind-boggling Singaporean affluence. But some in the city-state have been quick to note that the ostentatious displays of wealth are a world apart from the average resident. 

In the film, a Chinese-American New York University professor named Rachel Chu visits Singapore to meet the family of her boyfriend, Nick Young. Much to her surprise, she learns that he comes from one of Asia's richest families.

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