Thursday, May 23, 2013

Writing About Riches

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Here’s a link to an Elle Magazine article written by Janice Y.K. Lee, bestselling author of The Piano Teacher, that profiles some of Asia’s super rich. The piece includes amusing anecdotes about people partyin’ with the English Queen and concocting imaginative ways to keep a maid staff busy. It also has useful statistics about the rise of the region’s uber-class. Most interestingly for me, she highlights the growing trend of well-written literature that focuses on the skyrocketing Asian wealth. The novels are inescapably either poignant, border on satire, or balance between the two. She highlights Five Star Billionaire by Malaysian Tash Aw, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Amid (Pakistan), and Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Singapore). Given how new wealth is upturning societies, family dynamics and morality across Asia, it’s not surprising that this topic is inspiring new writings and readers looking for fresh story lines and characterizations that are, well, rich.

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