Pop Culture Intervention

7 Movies And TV Shows To Watch If You Loved ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

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Ever since Crazy Rich Asians hit theaters, there has been a cultural conversation around just how much representation matters. If you're one of those who saw it — and thereby helped it break box office records — and are looking for some other projects with Asian and Asian-American representation, we have a few suggestions for you.

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Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu has pointed out that the Jon M. Chu-directed film — based on the novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan — is a major deal in Hollywood, which is probably why a sequel has already been greenlit. Other members of the cast, including Awkwafina and Tan Kheng Hua, have also helped remind audiences just how important this film is in the grand scheme of things.

While we anxiously await to see what comes next in the Crazy Rich Asians franchise, here's a list of other movies and a few TV shows (new and old) you should check out.

“All-American Girl”

The first primetime sitcom featuring an Asian-American cast, the Margaret Cho-starring All-American Girl wasn't received that well by either critics or viewers. In fact, the ABC series only lasted for one 19-episode season in 1994-1995. It focused on the everyday life of a Korean-American family even though Cho, who played the central character, was the only actor of that ethnic background. Though other stand-up comedians were getting their own shows at this time — such as Ellen DeGeneres and Roseanne Barr, who got shows named after themselves — Cho was the only minority to get one but also the only one who didn't get real creative control. All-American Girl was an important first, but ultimately a failure.

You can get All-American Girl on Amazon.

“Fresh Off the Boat”

Twenty years after the end of All-American Girl, ABC tried its hand at another primetime sitcom with an all-Asian cast in the form of Fresh Off the Boat. The series — which stars Randall Park, Crazy Rich Asians star Wu, and Hudson Yang — is loosely based on the book of the same name from Eddie Huang, focusing on a Taiwanese family who moves from Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood to Orlando. Heading into its fifth season this fall, Fresh Off the Boat has proven to be a success in terms of diversity, having been received well by critics and viewers alike.

You can stream Fresh Off the Boat on Hulu.

“The Joy Luck Club”

The Joy Luck Club has been mentioned a lot in the wake of Crazy Rich Asians, and for good reason. There's a pretty substantial 25-year gap between the two movies and the latter is the first major studio film to feature an all-Asian cast since the former. Based on the novel of the same name from Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club is directed by Wayne Wang, and focuses on the relationships between Chinese mothers and their Chinese-American daughters. It's notable for diving into the complexity of being Chinese versus being Chinese-American, a theme also explored with Wu's character in the movie adaptation of Kwan's beloved novel. Fun fact: Lisa Lu, who stars in The Joy Luck Club, also has a role in Crazy Rich Asians.

You can get The Joy Luck Club on Amazon.

“Killing Eve”

Based on the Codename Villanelle novella series by Luke Jennings, Killing Eve is a British-made series for BBC America developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It follows Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), an MI5 officer who leaves a boring role behind to track down a female assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer), with both women becoming obsessed with each other during the cat-and-mouse game they're playing. Thanks to some incredible acting from Oh, the Grey's Anatomy alum made history by being nominated for a Best Actress Emmy — the first time an actress of Asian descent has done so. (For the record, Comer delivered a mind-blowing performance as well.)

You can watch Killing Eve on BBC America.

“Kim’s Convenience”

This summer, a Canadian sitcom titled Kim's Convenience arrived on Netflix internationally, notably here in the United States. It centers on the Toronto-based Kim family who run a, well, convenience store: "Appa" (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee), "Umma" (Jean Yoon), Janet (Andrea Bang), and Jung (Simu Liu). Like others on this list, it highlights the cultural differences between immigrants and their first-generation children — this time with a Korean family. It is based on the play of the same name by Ins Choi and, for those who are binging the first two seasons now, it has already been renewed for two more seasons. That's likely due to how well it has been received by Canadian critics and viewers as the news came before it hit Netflix. Now, though, it has found an even wider audience.

You can stream Kim's Convenience on Netflix.

“Searching”

Those who have already seen Crazy Rich Asians on the big screen have something else to look forward to this weekend: Searching, starring John Cho, arrives in theaters. And, like Crazy Rich Asians, Searching is making history — this time by being the first mainstream thriller to have an Asian-American actor in the lead role. Alongside Debra Messing, Cho stars in the Aneesh Chaganty-directed film — shot from the point-of-view of smartphones and computer screens — as a father who is trying to locate his missing 16-year-old daughter when the official investigation doesn't impress him. Searching has a Rotten Tomatoes score very similar to that of Crazy Rich Asians, so give it a shot.

Searching is now playing in theaters.

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”

Netflix has successfully been breathing new life into the rom-com genre this year, and To All the Boys I've Loved Before is just the latest to do so. The Susan Johnson-directed movie, based on the novel of the same name by Korean-American author Jenny Han, follows a teen with the same background as the writer named Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) who has five love letters she wrote to her crushes mailed to their recipients. Though she is biracial, the story doesn't focus on Lara Jean's background but embraces her quest to find herself and, as a result, maybe find her a boyfriend, too. You're going to love this cute YA adaptation thanks to a great leading lady and the eye candy, Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo).

You can stream To All the Boys I've Loved Before on Netflix.

Cover image: Masha Weisberg / Netflix | Sid Gentle / BBC America

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