Long before the movie was made and before the Europeans came to Singapore, Asians were making the island a hub for trade, money and ideas. Examples were Teochew rice merchants and Chettiar moneylenders.
In the eighth century, long before Europeans arrived in our part of the world, Crazy Rich Asians were already building great maritime cities.
Singapore was destined to be one of them.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2019, with the headline 'Crazy Rich Asians in early Singapore's history'. Print Edition | Subscribe
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