ST Podcast: Does Kevin Kwan's national service defaulter status detract from box-office hit Crazy Rich Asians?

Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan (right), with actors Henry Golding and Constance Wu (centre), at the premiere of Crazy Rich Asians in Hollywood, California, on Aug 7.
Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan (right), with actors Henry Golding and Constance Wu (centre), at the premiere of Crazy Rich Asians in Hollywood, California, on Aug 7. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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Episode 12

Duration: 6:51 mins

Synopsis: In this new podcast series for 2018, The Straits Times takes a close look at one key news talking point each week.

Kevin Kwan, whose best-selling book inspired the new Hollywood box-office hit movie Crazy Rich Asians, defaulted on his national service obligations, the Ministry of Defence said on Aug 22 in response to queries from The Straits Times.

The revelation about the 44-year-old Kwan made global headlines. He lives in the United States and now has US citizenship. Will this revelation hurt the film's performance in Singapore? Does it detract from what is being seen as the most successful "made-with-Singapore" movie to date?

We ask Lifestyle editor Jeremy Au Yong, whose desk broke this worldwide exclusive for The Straits Times.

Produced by: Ernest Luis

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