‘Crazy Rich Asians’ author Kevin Kwan wanted for draft dodging

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The author of the book "Crazy Rich Asians", which inspired the Hollywood hit film of the same title, is wanted in his home country of Singapore for defaulting on his military service, the defense ministry said on Wednesday.

"Crazy Rich Asians" star Henry Golding was mistaken for a crew member by his co-star because he was so "humble". However, the nation turned down that renunciation, saying that Kwan would have to serve out the mandatory two years of national service in the police or civic defense force that all men must serve after the age of 18.

According to his bio, writer Kevin Kwan was born in Singapore and left when he was 11, living in the USA since then.

Director Jon M. Chu is "planning to return for the sequel", according to The Hollywood Reporter, while "Warner Bros.' is moving forward with development on the follow-up, with plans to reunite the first movie's original team, [including] screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim". Kwan apparently tried and failed to renounce his Singapore citizenship without serving in 1994; an appeal was also unsuccessful. "Mr Kwan has committed offenses under the Enlistment Act, and is liable to a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to three years upon conviction".

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There are three books in Kevin Kwan's trilogy, including "Crazy Rich Girlfriend" and "Rich People Problems".

She discovers he is not only the scion of one of the country's wealthiest families, but also one of Singapore's most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick's arm puts a target on Rachel's back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick's own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim.

It opened in Singapore Tuesday to packed audiences, who, for the most part loved what they saw.

"Crazy Rich Asians" topped the U.S. box office on its first release, raking in an impressive $34 million over the last five days.