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Writer:

Kevin Kwan is a Singaporean novelist best known for his satirical novels Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems. Kevin Kwan was born in Singapore as the youngest of three boys, into an established Chinese family. His great-grandfather was a founding director of Singapores oldest bank, the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation. His paternal grandfather was an ophthalmologist who became Singapores first Western-trained specialist and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his philanthropic efforts. His maternal grandfather, the Rev. Paul Hang Sing Hon, founded the Hinghwa Methodist Church. Kwan is also related to Hong Kong-born American actress Nancy Kwan.

While in Singapore, Kwan studied at the Anglo-Chinese School and lived with his paternal grandparents. Kwans father and mother, an engineer and pianist respectively, moved the family to the United States when Kwan was 11. The family moved to Clear Lake, Texas and Kwan attended Clear Lake High School, graduating when he was 16.

He attended the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where he earned a BA in Media Studies, after which he moved to Manhattan to attend Parsons School of Design in order to pursue a BFA in Photography. In New York, Kwan worked for Andy Warhols Interview MagazineMartha Stewart Living, and Tibor Kalmans design firm M&Co. In 2000, Kwan established his own creative studio, clients of which included Ted.comMuseum of Modern Art, and The New York Times.

Kwan became inspired to write Crazy Rich Asians in 2009 while caring for his father, who was dying of cancer. Kwan and his father would reminisce about their life in Singapore while driving to and from medical appointments, and Kwan began writing stories to capture those memories.Kwan stated one of his goals was to showcase the "educated families with style and taste that have been quietly going about their lives for generations" which went beyond the typical contemporary coverage of Asia which focused on conspicuous consumption. Friends had been urging him to commit his memories to paper as well. Moving to the United States has westernized his view of Asia, and he likens himself to "an outsider looking in" when describing his life in Singapore.(R.7)

Story:

The story begins with Eddie meeting with a wealthy client of his European bank, Bao Shaoyen, a distraught mother who is anxious to hear about her troubled son who was in a car accident from racing an expensive car. He is undergoing serious surgery, while one of his two passengers becomes paralyzed and the other dies. Bao Shaoyen needs this incident to be discreetly addressed, and Eddie manages to blackmail Eleanor Young into helping the woman, who she learns is extremely wealthy and has a son named Carlton who resembles Rachel.

Back in Manhattan, Nick Young has managed to repair his relationship with Rachel Chu, an economics professor and they have planned a wedding in California, near Rachels relatives. Astrid Teo, Nicks cousin, is invited to this wedding, and later meets with Charlie Wu, whom she befriends. Michael (Astrids husband) has become extremely successful due to Charlies secret investment, and his behavior has become arrogant and hostile. Charlie is stuck in an unhappy marriage with Isabel, but does not let Astrid know, and continues to help her with her troubled marital issues. Meanwhile, Kitty Pong, the former soap actress who managed to marry her way into the Singapore elite, tries to buy her way into the high-society of Hong Kong by appearing in gossip magazines and buying high-profile art. However, she is socially clumsy and finds herself continually shunned; so she hires the services of Corinna Ko-Tung, a woman from a well-born family who helps Kitty appear more sophisticated by trying to change her behavior and make better social connections. Kitty can act well and manages to amend some of the damages she created.

Nick is still not on speaking terms with his mother or his grandmother, and he does not attend his grandmothers Chinese New Year event. While still investigating Bao Shaoyen and her son, Eleanor learns of the upcoming wedding details from Astrid’s son. Intruding upon Rachel and Nicks wedding rehearsal, she informs Rachel that she has located her long-lost father, and she reconnects him with Rachel and her mother. Eleanor decides that she approves of Nick and Rachels marriage, Nick is suspicious and asks her why she is reversing her position. She reveals it wasnt just because Rachel now associates with the wealthy elite of China, but also that Eleanor was trying to protect both him and Rachel from Su Yis wrath. Years ago, she endured life as Su Yis disapproved daughter-in-law due to Philip marrying her out of love. Rachel meets her father, Bao Gaoling, prior to the wedding, and is afterwards invited to spend time with his entire family in Shanghai during her honeymoon. Bao Shaoyen is angered by this and demands Bao Gaoling keep her away from her house. He places her in a fancy hotel and stalls any meeting for over a week, but Nick suspects mischief.

Carlton is also banned from associating with her, but decides to meet Rachel anyway, and quickly becomes close with her and Nick. He introduces her to his wealthy party-time friend Colette Bing. The four of them eventually travel to Paris for a shopping spree.

 At a party, Colettes boyfriend for 3-years, Richie Yang, proposes but she does not accept. He gets angry at Carlton and they vent their anger by deciding to compete in a reckless car race. Rachel begins to feel upset she has only met her father once since reuniting. While in Paris, Colette and Rachel try to stop Carlton from car racing against Richie. In anger, he accidentally tells Rachel that Bao Shaoyen refuses to let her into her household. Bao Shaoyen is in fear of losing her husbands political advantages for having an illegitimate child, and wishes to prevent Rachel from receiving Carltons inheritance. Before leaving, Colette calls him a spoiled brat for hurting Rachel and tells him to go through with the race with Richie. Upon learning about his previous accident, Rachel convinces Carlton not to race Richie. In turn, Carlton apologizes to Rachel for his behavior.

Rachel decides to leave China, but returns for a spa weekend with her friend Peik Lin. However, at the spa, she becomes very ill and is placed under medical watch after experiencing mysterious organ failures. Peik Lin and Nick receive a bouquet of flowers with a note, saying that Rachel was poisoned as a warning. The poison is extremely rare, and Carlton realizes that his parents pharmaceutical company may be involved. Believing Bao Shaoyen poisoned Rachel, he comes home to confront her about it and she denies involvement in the poisoning. Refusing to believe his mother, Carlton then confesses to his father about how she bribed everyone to cover up the truth of his accident as well as the other girls death. However, when Rachel discovers the truth, he claims Shaoyen intentionally poisoned her in order to shun her. Carlton ends his confession stating that their family will face disgrace from the China Elite, but not by Rachel and him, when the police come to arrest Shaoyen for his sisters poisoning. Now remorseful for how hes treated Rachel, Bao Gaoling visits her and Nick over in Hong Kong at Eddies apartment. Apologizing, Gaoling confesses that Shaoyen has become cooperative with the police. He invites Rachel into his home, where she is introduced to the rest of his family who are all touched by her story. Bao Shaoyen finally meets Rachel and discovers how similar she looks to her son. She realizes her fears were misplaced and apologizes to her. In doing so, they start to get along.

The police discover that Colettes assistant Roxanne was behind the poisoning, which was done in response to Colettes tearful concerns that her inheritance would be reduced. Despite Colettes lack of knowledge to the situation, Carlton blames Colette and breaks up with her. Nick is hesitant, but Rachel agrees to meet with Colette and accepts her apology. Colette later asks that Rachel help her and Carlton reconcile. Rachel does not want to get involved, and Colette becomes hysterical. She accuses Rachel of vindictively keeping them apart. She begins yelling at and berating her. Rachel responds by accusing Colette for being selfish. She points out that she learned to be content in having a loving supportive family and working hard in the real world. Rachel claims that Colette never knew how to be content. The argument ends when Rachel tells Colette to grow up. The incident is taped and becomes widely viewed on the internet. Humiliated, Colette loses her sponsorship to a popular fashion designer label. This is made worse when she learns through the tabloids that her father, Jack, had been having an affair with Kitty behind her back.

Meanwhile, Astrid finds herself increasingly confiding in her former fiancé, Charlie Wu, after her husband becomes detached and cold. Michael gets interviewed by a magazine about his family, naming him Father of the Year after bragging about his accomplishments and showcasing his luxury items. The magazine then does research into Astrid Leong and publishes information about her lineage and wealth. This angers her family and he is forced to meet with her father, who berates him in front of a man Michael is trying to impress. The magazines are recalled and retracted from distribution, and Michael begins to believe that his companys situation is the result of Astrids fathers meddling. Astrid eventually realizes that the company was bought at a loss by Charlie so that Michael would feel more confident in the marriage. Michael confronts Astrid about her relationship with Charlie, revealing he has read her messages and threatening her with a weapon. Astrid takes control of the situation and escapes with her son. Later, it is revealed that Charlie Wu had divorced Isabel and he and Astrid have not left each others sides all night.

Kitty Pong and Corinna Ko-Tung, her society consultant, run into issues where no one has seen her husband, Bernard Tai, in ages and have speculated about rumors regarding his disappearance along with their daughter. Kitty finally shows Corinna where her husband has been hiding, in a small house in Los Angeles while he is receiving reconstructive surgery. It is revealed he has dramatically changed from being in California for so long, and their daughter is forced to engage in his new and unfamiliar lifestyle. She kidnaps her daughter and they escape using the private plane of her lover Jack Bing. She returns to her lavish house in Singapore with her daughter and reconnects Carol Tai with her granddaughter.(R.6)

 

Highlights vs self- reflection:

1.p.272: Kitty is the gold digger who broke my brother Alistair’s heart an eloped with Bernard Tai two years ago

2.p.142: Nicky always the Peter Pan to her wndy, but now here he was, all grown up and looking utterly dashing in his celestial blue Henry Poole tuxedo, ready to create his own new world with Rachel.

3.p.359:He had never seen his father display physical affection for anyone like that before, not even his mother.

Golden Sentence:

1.p.150:If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.

2.p.149:If you’re lost, you can look and you will find me, time after time.

3.p.133: Anyone can be forgiven, anything can be forgotten.

4.p.316:These people are just Henrys “High Earners, Not Rich Yet.”

5.p.342:Behind every fortune likes a great crime.

6.p.119:Like it or not, you have to work extra hard right out of the gate to overcome all the prejudices.

7.p.122: Anyone can be forgiven, anything can be forgotten.

8.p.467:I hope you realize that you’re going to have to stand up to your father at some point.

9.p.344:Behind every fortune lies a great crime

Conclusion:

1.The power, the money and the fame make a make-up devils

2.Money is not the synonym of happiness, but without money, life is rough and tough without money.

3.Eleanor uses money to buy marriage, Kitty uses money to buy custody, Michael uses money to buy fame, Colette uses money to buy more heritance. Rachel uses wisdom to buy love.

China Rich Girlfriend Questions by Carol:

China Rich Girlfriend is a satirical 2015 romantic comedy novel by Kevin Kwan. It is the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, a novel about the wealthy Singapore elite. Kwan was urged to write the sequel by his publishers after the initial success of Crazy Rich Asians.[1] The title refers to a line in the novel in which Nicks mother, Eleanor, exclaims over the wealth of the "China rich" who are billionaires, "These people arent just everyday rich with a few hundred million. They are China rich!"[2][3][4] The novel was followed by a sequel, Rich People Problems in 2017.

In 2013, two years after the events of Crazy Rich Asians, the story begins with Eddie meeting with a wealthy client of his European bank, Bao Shaoyen, a distraught mother who is anxious to hear about her troubled son who was in a car accident from racing an expensive car. He is undergoing serious surgery, while one of his two passengers becomes paralyzed and the other dies. Bao Shaoyen needs this incident to be discreetly addressed, and Eddie manages to blackmail Eleanor Young into helping the woman, who she learns is extremely wealthy and has a son named Carlton who resembles Rachel.

Back in Manhattan, Nick Young has managed to repair his relationship with Rachel Chu, an economics professor at New York University (NYU), and they have planned a wedding in California, near Rachels relatives. Astrid Teo, Nicks cousin, is invited to this wedding, and later meets with Charlie Wu, whom she befriends. Michael (Astrids husband) has become extremely successful due to Charlies secret investment, and his behavior has become arrogant and hostile. Charlie is stuck in an unhappy marriage with Isabel, but does not let Astrid know, and continues to help her with her troubled marital issues. Meanwhile, Kitty Pong, the former soap actress who managed to marry her way into the Singapore elite, tries to buy her way into the high-society of Hong Kong by appearing in gossip magazines and buying high-profile art. However, she is socially clumsy and finds herself continually shunned; so she hires the services of Corinna Ko-Tung, a woman from a well-born family who helps Kitty appear more sophisticated by trying to change her behavior and make better social connections. Kitty can act well and manages to amend some of the damages she created.

Nick is still not on speaking terms with his mother or his grandmother, and he does not attend his grandmothers Chinese New Year event. While still investigating Bao Shaoyen and her son, Eleanor learns of the upcoming wedding details from Astrid’s son. Intruding upon Rachel and Nicks wedding rehearsal, she informs Rachel that she has located her long-lost father, and she reconnects him with Rachel and her mother. Eleanor decides that she approves of Nick and Rachels marriage, Nick is suspicious and asks her why she is reversing her position. She reveals it wasnt just because Rachel now associates with the wealthy elite of China, but also that Eleanor was trying to protect both him and Rachel from Su Yis wrath. Years ago, she endured life as Su Yis disapproved daughter-in-law due to Philip marrying her out of love. Rachel meets her father, Bao Gaoling, prior to the wedding, and is afterwards invited to spend time with his entire family in Shanghai during her honeymoon. Bao Shaoyen is angered by this and demands Bao Gaoling keep her away from her house. He places her in a fancy hotel and stalls any meeting for over a week, but Nick suspects mischief.

Carlton is also banned from associating with her, but decides to meet Rachel anyway, and quickly becomes close with her and Nick. He introduces her to his wealthy party-time friend Colette Bing. The four of them eventually travel to Paris for a shopping spree. At a party, Colettes boyfriend for 3-years, Richie Yang, proposes but she does not accept. He gets angry at Carlton and they vent their anger by deciding to compete in a reckless car race. Rachel begins to feel upset she has only met her father once since reuniting. Colette and Rachel try to stop Carlton from car racing against Richie. In anger, he accidentally tells Rachel that Bao Shaoyen refuses to let her into her household. Bao Shaoyen is in fear of losing her husbands political advantages for having an illegitimate child, and wishes to prevent Rachel from receiving Carltons inheritance. Before leaving, Colette calls him a spoiled brat for hurting Rachel and tells him to go through with the race with Richie. Upon learning about his previous accident, Rachel convinces Carlton not to race Richie. In turn, Carlton apologizes to Rachel for his behavior.

Rachel decides to leave China, but returns for a spa weekend with her friend Peik Lin. However, at the spa, she becomes very ill and is placed under medical watch after experiencing mysterious organ failures. Peik Lin and Nick receive a bouquet of flowers with a note, saying that Rachel was poisoned as a warning. The poison is extremely rare, and Carlton realizes that his parents pharmaceutical company may be involved. Believing Bao Shaoyen poisoned Rachel, he comes home to confront her about it and she denies involvement in the poisoning. Refusing to believe his mother, Carlton then confesses to his father about how she bribed everyone to cover up the truth of his accident as well as the other girls death. However, when Rachel discovers the truth, he claims Shaoyen intentionally poisoned her in order to shun her. Carlton ends his confession stating that their family will face disgrace from the China Elite, but not by Rachel and him, when the police come to arrest Shaoyen for his sisters poisoning. Now remorseful for how hes treated Rachel, Bao Gaoling visits her and Nick over in Hong Kong at Eddies apartment. Apologizing, Gaoling confesses that Shaoyen has become cooperative with the police. He invites Rachel into his home, where she is introduced to the rest of his family who are all touched by her story. Bao Shaoyen finally meets Rachel and discovers how similar she looks to her son. She realizes her fears were misplaced and apologizes to her. In doing so, they start to get along.

The police discover that Colettes assistant Roxanne was behind the poisoning, which was done in response to Colettes tearful concerns that her inheritance would be reduced. Despite Colettes lack of knowledge to the situation, Carlton blames Colette and breaks up with her. Nick is hesitant, but Rachel agrees to meet with Colette and accepts her apology. Colette later asks that Rachel help her and Carlton reconcile. Rachel does not want to get involved, and Colette becomes hysterical. She accuses Rachel of vindictively keeping them apart. She begins yelling at and berating her. Rachel responds by accusing Colette for being selfish. She points out that she learned to be content in having a loving supportive family and working hard in the real world. Rachel claims that Colette never knew how to be content. The argument ends when Rachel tells Colette to grow up. The incident is taped and becomes widely viewed on the internet. Humiliated, Colette loses her sponsorship to a popular fashion designer label. This is made worse when she learns through the tabloids that her father, Jack, had been having an affair with Kitty behind her back.

Meanwhile, Astrid finds herself increasingly confiding in her former fiancé, Charlie Wu, after her husband becomes detached and cold. Michael gets interviewed by a magazine about his family, naming him Father of the Year after bragging about his accomplishments and showcasing his luxury items. The magazine then does research into Astrid Leong and publishes information about her lineage and wealth. This angers her family and he is forced to meet with her father, who berates him in front of a man Michael is trying to impress. The magazines are recalled and retracted from distribution, and Michael begins to believe that his companys situation is the result of Astrids fathers meddling. Astrid eventually realizes that the company was bought at a loss by Charlie so that Michael would feel more confident in the marriage. Michael confronts Astrid about her relationship with Charlie, revealing he has read her messages and threatening her with a weapon. Astrid takes control of the situation and escapes with her son. Later, it is revealed that Charlie Wu had divorced Isabel and he and Astrid have not left each others sides all night.

Kitty Pong and Corinna Ko-Tung, her society consultant, run into issues where no one has seen her husband, Bernard Tai, in ages and have speculated about rumors regarding his disappearance along with their daughter. Kitty finally shows Corinna where her husband has been hiding, in a small house in Los Angeles while he is receiving reconstructive surgery. It is revealed he has dramatically changed from being in California for so long, and their daughter is forced to engage in his new and unfamiliar lifestyle. She kidnaps her daughter and they escape using the private plane of her lover Jack Bing. She returns to her lavish house in Singapore with her daughter and reconnects Carol Tai with her granddaughter.

·       Rachel Young (née Chu): NYU professor who is engaged to and marries Nick Young. An American economist of Chinese descent who was raised by a single mother and had a humble upbringing. She is revealed to be the daughter of a prominent wealthy man after recently discovering that her biological dad is a Chinese billionaire.

·       Kerry Chu: Rachels mother who once had a romantic relationship with Bao Gaoliang.

·       Eleanor Young: Nicks mother who finally approves of Rachel after finding out that her father is a Chinese billionaire.

·       Eddie Cheng: Nicks cousin who works in private banking, thanks to this he discovers Eleanors secret account.

·       Goh Peik Lin: Rachels rich Singaporean best friend whose family owns a property development and construction company, Near West Organization.

·       Nick Young: Rachels husband and a member of the Singapore elite.

·       Bao Gaoling/Kao Wei: Carlton and Rachels biological father who is a top Chinese politician and also a billionaire who owns a pharmaceutical company. Under his boyhood name, Kao Wei, he used to help Kerry whenever her awful husband got very angry in their apartment building and they eventually fell for each other. Kerry never told him they had a child together.

·       Bao Shaoyen: Carltons mother who has a hard time accepting Rachel, but later becomes a 2nd mother to her. She has a gift room that consists of more than one hundred Hermès bags.

·       Carlton Bao: The 23-year-old English educated son of Bao Shaoyen and Bao Gaoliang who lives a very wild lifestyle. He is Rachels paternal half-brother who looks exactly like her.

·       Colette Bing: A famous fashion blogger and the spoiled daughter of either the third or fifth (depending on who is doing the ranking) richest men in China. She is a control freak and is Carltons on-again, off-again girlfriend.

·       Mrs. Bing: Colettes germaphobic mother.

·       Richie Yang: Son of a multi-billionaire father whos also one of the top richest men in China. Hes one of Colettes suitors and also the one Colettes father wants her to marry.

·       Jack Bing: Colettes multi-billionaire father who insists her on marrying Richie, due to their equal multi-billionaire status. He is later revealed to have an affair with Kitty, whom Colette is humiliated by.

·       Roxanne Ma: Colettes personal assistant whos very loyal to her. She was Colettes 18th birthday present from her father. She is later revealed to have poisoned Rachel.

·       Michael Teo: Astrids newly minted billionaire husband whose start-up company brings a huge success, due to unknowingly bought by Charlie. His success makes him mean and terrible.

·       Charlie Wu: Astrids billionaire former fiancé who still loves her, despite being married to someone else.

·       Astrid Teo (née Leong): Nicks fashionable cousin who is referred to as "the goddess" and is known for her impeccable fashion sense. She secretly still loves Charlie and the feeling deepens even more when Michael gets crueler due to his newfound success.

·       Bernard Tai: Kittys estranged billionaire husband whos been hiding in California due to a depression after a mix-up on his plastic surgery. He engages Giselle (his daughter with Kitty) in his strange activities and doesnt want Kitty involved in their lives, believing its better she stays in Hong Kong. Bernard finds himself in a high-profile international custody battle for full custody of Giselle from Kitty.

·       Kitty Tai (née Pong): Bernards wife who is a former soap-star turned social climber. She has a daughter named Giselle whom shes worried about due to Bernards strange raising and lack of having her involved in their familys life. With Corinnas help, she "kidnaps" their daughter and escapes to a lavish home in Singapore. Revealing herself as the lover of Jack Bing, Kitty sues Bernard for full custody of Giselle.

·       Corinna Ko-Tung: A woman coming from a well-bred family who helps Kitty in her social-climbing agenda. Upon learning Bernards intentions to cut Kitty out of Giselles life, Corinna helps her "kidnap" her daughter and escape to a lavish home in Singapore.

·       Datin Carol Tai: A devout Christian whos also the wife of a corrupt billionaire, Dato Tai Toh Lui. She is one of Eleanors best friends. She has a granddaughter, Giselle, whom she reconnects with after Kitty returns to Singapore.

The novel received positive reviews[5][6] and was noted in the Washington Post as "the years best beach reading," as well as excerpted in Vanity Fair.[7][8][9][10][11] Anne Kingston of Macleans wrote of the novel, "Kevin Kwan’s sequel to the bestselling Crazy Rich Asians is perhaps even more delicious than the first." [12]

Time reported on August 15, 2018 that Kwan has been tasked with developing the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians from his follow-up novel China Rich Girlfriend.[13] The planning is still in pre-production as of August 2018, with several of the key actors currently committed to other projects until 2020.[14] Director Jon Chu was also already committed to shoot the film adaptation of In the Heights, which was scheduled for release in June 2020.[15]

Awkwafina was interviewed in January of 2019 and indicated that there were still no scripts for the sequel and that production filming had not started.[16] According to Town and Country magazine, the filming and premiere of the film is not scheduled to take place until 2020.[17] According to a Slash film journal article, the two sequels, including Rich People Problems, will be shot back-to-back in 2020 once the filming commences.[18] Shooting is expected to be delayed until at least the end of 2020. Screenwriter Adele Lim declined to work on the sequels because of an equal-pay inequity dispute during negotiations in fall 2018.[19] Color Force had hired the experienced Peter Chiarelli to write the screenplay for the Crazy Rich Asians adaptation; when Chu joined the original production, he brought Lim on to add authentic details from Singapore and Malaysia.[20] For the sequels, Warner Brothers had initially offered Lim a salary approximately ​18th of Chiarellis pay; although they later made an offer closer in parity to Chiarellis, who had offered to split his fee with Lim, Lim declined.[19]

On April 29, 2019, CNBC reported that Harry Shum Jr. is to be cast in the role of playing Astrids previous boyfriend in the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, stating, "Shum will play Charlie Wu, the former flame of Astrid Young Teo (played by Gemma Chan), cousin of lead character Nick Young, in China Rich Girlfriend, which is currently pre-production."[21] The sequel film is expected to focus on the relationship between Charlie and Astrid, the search for Rachels father, and Kitty Pong.(R.8)

Discussion Questions:

Questions 1-5 of 25:

1.1.Why does Colette stop the fashion show she is hosting at her house? (from Part 2: Chapters 11 - 18)

 Colette is upset because all of the fashions are sized to fit plus sized women.

 Colette believes she and her guests are not being show the most recent fashions.

 Colette is upset because the show did not start on time.

 Colette believes that the clothes the models are wearing are flawed.

2.Why does Eleanor arrive at Rachel and Nicks wedding in a helicopter? (from Part 1: Chapters 5 - 12)

 Eleanor arrives at the wedding rehearsal in a helicopter because she is determined to attend the wedding even though she was not invited.

 Eleanor arrives at the wedding rehearsal in a helicopter in the hopes that she can destroy Rachel and Nicks love once and for all.

 Eleanor arrives at the wedding rehearsal in a helicopter because she thought it was the only way to get Nick to let her near Rachel to tell her that Eleanor had found Rachels biological father.

 Eleanor arrives at the wedding rehearsal in a helicopter to beg Nick not to marry Rachel.

3.Why does Jack Bing revoke Colettes credit? (from Part 3: Chapters 1 - 8)

 Colette tells her father she wants to marry Carlton.

 Colette has made her father angry by telling him that he is crass and rude.

 Colette has been rude to her mother.

 Colette refuses to marry Richie.

4.Why are Nick and Rachel staying at the Peninsula Hotel instead of the Bao home? (from Part 2: Chapters 1 - 4 )

 Nick and Rachel request to stay in the Peninsula Hotel.

 The Baos house is too small for company.

 Gaoliang decides that it would be better if Nick and Rachel had some privacy since they are newlyweds.

 Shaoyen tells Gaoliang at the last minute that she does not want Rachel or Nick in her home.

5.Why does Corinna tell Kitty that she cannot get a house in Shek O? (from Part 3: Chapters 1 - 8)

 Corrina suggests that Kittys reputation is not good enough.

 Corrina suggests that Kitty does not have enough money to get a house there.

 Corrina tells Kitty that she must be related to one of a handful of specific families to live there.

 Corinna tells Kitty that new houses cannot be built there.

6.Why did Charlie marry Isabel? (from Part 2: Chapters 5 - 10)

 Charlie married Isabel when he was still recovering from Astrid breaking up with him.

 Charlie married Isabel because he was so deeply in love with her.

 Charlie married Isabel because of how rich her family was.

 Charlie married Isabel because he had gotten her pregnant.

7.Why is Eddie upset about his seat in first class? (from Prologue - Part 1: Chapter 4)

 The seat is not in a private cabin.

 The seat is covered in cloth, not leather.

 The seat does not recline.

 The seat is downgraded to economy class.

8.Why did the Tans always arrive early than they should have at Tyersall Hall for the celebration of Chinese New Year? (from Part 1: Chapters 5 - 12)

 The family arrived early because they were in charge of cooking.

 The family had started the tradition because Lillian Maes husband wanted to see all the VIPs who would be there.

 The family wanted to make sure the others were honoring the Tans in the correct order.

 The family had started the tradition of arriving early because they had no place else to go, all their other relatives were in America.

9.Why is Harry so angry with Michael for having an article published about himself? (from Part 3: Chapters 1 - 8)

 Harry believes that Michael is trying to put Astrid in a place where she might be hurt.

 Harry thinks that Michael is trying to use his son to promote his career.

 Harry believes Michael used the article to make fun of the Leong family.

 Harry believes that Michael has not properly protected Astrids privacy.

10.Why does Michael ask Astrid to change clothes before the client dinner that she is attending with him? (from Part 2: Chapters 5 - 10)

 Michael thinks that Astrids outfit is too strange and vintage.

 Michael thinks that Astrids dress is too casual.

 Michael thinks that Astrid is too dressed up.

 Michael thinks that Astrid is too scantily dressed.

11.Why does Astrid decide to leave Michael? (from Part 3: Chapters 9 - 17 )

 Michael hits Astrid.

 Astrid learns that Michael intends to send Cassian to boarding school.

 Astrid learns that Michael begged her father to buy his company so Astrid would not leave him.

 Astrid learns that Michael has been eavesdropping on her conversations with Charlie.

12.Why does Shaoyen tell Eleanor that the drive-in elevator is a benefit for them? (from Prologue - Part 1: Chapter 4)

 Eleanor says it is a benefit because they are able to keep an eye on their car.

 Eleanor says that the car elevator is not really a benefit, just a luxury.

 Eleanor says it is a benefit because they do not have to carry shopping bags up the stairs.

 Carlton is able to get out of their handicap van directly into their apartment.

13.Why does Carlton think that Shaoyen is acting the way she is about Rachel? (from Part 2: Chapters 5 - 10)

 Carlton believes that Shaoyen is jealous of Rachel.

 Carlton believes that Shaoyen is after Rachel is a threat to Carltons inheritance.

 Carlton believes that it is because of his wreck that Shaoyen has started acting so strangely.

 Carlton does not understand why Shaoyen is acting the way she is.

14.Why has Eleanor decided that it is acceptable for Nick to marry Rachel? (from Part 1: Chapters 5 - 12)

 Eleanor has discovered that Rachel is not related to them.

 Eleanor has discovered that Rachel is not related to anyone from Mainland China.

 Eleanor has discovered that Rachels father comes from a powerful family.

 Eleanor has discovered that Rachels father is rich.

15.Why is Corinna frustrated in Chapter 11 when Kitty is late arriving at the building where the church service they will be attending is held? (from Part 2: Chapters 11 - 18)

 Corinna wanted Kitty to be there early in case there was something in Kittys dress that Corinna needed to correct.

 Corinna had wanted Kitty to be there in time to introduce her to the pastor.

 Corinna wanted Kitty to be there early to prove that she could be there early.

 Corinna is afraid that they will not arrive in time for church services since it takes 15 minutes to get to the sanctuary.

16.Why does Kitty kidnap Gisele? (from Part 3: Chapters 9 - 17 )

 Kitty kidnaps Gisele because she wants her to be a normal child.

 Kitty kidnaps Gisele to get back at Bernard for treating Kitty so badly.

 Kitty kidnaps Gisele because Corinna tells her that it will improve her reputation.

 Kitty kidnaps Gisele because Bernard is planning to give her plastic surgery.

17.Why does Corinna want Kitty to stay out of the public eye for a period of time in order to improve her reputation? (from Part 2: Chapters 1 - 4 )

 Corinna believes if Kitty disappears for a while people will forget how much they hated her.

 Corinna wants Kitty to remake herself and believes no one will notice the changes if she disappears for a while.

 Corinna thinks Kitty needs to spend time with her husband and daughter to repair her reputation.

 Corinna believes Kitty has been too visible and has made herself look desperate.

18.Why did Roxanne poison Rachel? (from Part 3: Chapters 9 - 17 )

 Because Colette was afraid Rachel was a threat to Carltons inheritance.

 Because Roxanne was afraid that Rachel was a threat to Colette and Carltons relationship.

 Roxanne could not give a good reason why she poisoned Rachel.

 Because Roxanne was afraid that Colette liked Rachel better than she liked Roxanne.

19.Why does Shaoyen have Eddie go with her to Paris where her son, Carlton, has had a wreck? (from Prologue - Part 1: Chapter 4)

 So Shaoyen can get access to funds to bribe people to keep the wreck quiet.

 So Shaoyen can pay the hospital for Carltons care.

 Eddie goes to act as Shaoyens bodyguard.

 For moral support.

20.Why does Eleanor think that Rachel is related to Carlton? (from Prologue - Part 1: Chapter 4)

 Gaoliang and Rachel look alike.

 In a photo that Carlton shows them, Carlton and Rachel look alike.

 Shaoyen admits to Eleanor that her husband believes he might have fathered a child in America.

 Carlton comments about thinking he perhaps has a sibling he never met.

21.Why did Ludivine tell Astrid that Michael locked Cassian in the closet? (from Part 2: Chapters 1 - 4 )

 Michael accidentally locked Cassian in the closet.

 Michael locked Cassian in a closet because the boy accidentally scratched on of Michaels cars.

 Michael did not lock Cassian in a closet.

 Michael locked Cassian in the closet to make him understand what it would be like in jail.

22.Why does Nick refuse to return his mothers phone calls? (from Part 1: Chapters 5 - 12)

 Nick does not refuse to take his mothers phone calls.

 Nick tells Rachel he will find out what his mother wants through his father.

 Nick tells Rachel that he wants her to call Eleanor for him.

 Nick tells Rachel that he will not play his mothers game.

23.Why is Evangelines membership to the Locke Club revoked? (from Part 1: Chapters 5 - 12)

 Evangelines membership is revoked because she invites Kitty to eat at the Locke Club.

 Evangelines membership is not revoked.

 Evangelines membership is revoked because she refuses to invite Kitty to eat at the club.

 Evangelines membership is revoked because she forgets to make a reservation for lunch.

24.Why does Richie tell Nick that he would be allowed into any party he wanted even if he was wearing torn jeans with his genitals hanging out? (from Part 2: Chapters 11 - 18)

 Richie believes his name alone will get him anywhere he wants to go.

 Richie believes that because he wears a Plumper watch he will be accepted anywhere.

 Richie believes his fathers reputation will get him anywhere he wants to go.

 Richie is so drunk that he does not know what he is saying.

25.Why does Astrid realize that Charlie bought Michaels company? (from Part 3: Chapters 9 - 17 )

 Astrid realizes Charlie bought the company because Harry told him to do so.

 Astrid thinks that Charlie bought the company to prove to Astrid he could do better with it than Michael did.

 Astrid realizes Charlie bought the company out of love for her.

 Astrid realizes that Charlie bought the company as an affront to Michael.(R.9)

Dear All,

 

Our March book is bustling and interesting, which may lead us to discuss heatedly, we wish you can come eagerly.

 

The followings are our summary, questions from Carol, please enjoy reading them.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Rich_Girlfriend

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Rich_Girlfriend

 

http://www.bookrags.com/studyguide-china-rich-girlfriend/free-quiz.html

http://www.bookrags.com/studyguide-china-rich-girlfriend/free-quiz.html#gsc.tab=0

 

Our March. 2, 2020 activity:

Book: China Rich Girl Friend

Leader: Carol Liu

Time: 1 p.m.  March. 2, 2020

Place: Qubit Cafe (Hanshin Arena) No.6, Lane 50, Bo-Ai 3 Road,

Zuo Ying District, Kaohsiung.  Tel:07-3459477

高雄市左營區博愛三路506

http://qubit.bais.com.tw/

https://www.google.com.tw/

Parking: in the basement of the Qubit Cafe



Our book discussion usually starts at 1:00 oclok, but we may enjoy our lunch by 12:00, welcome all of you come early and have a nice talk before the meeting, and please let us know if you cant attend the meeting. We look forward to seeing you.



Florence Cheng - Correspondent

 

Related Reading:

1.The Palace of Eighteen Perfection: https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1982.125/

2.sky garage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCt7A6SwWlI

3.China Rich Girlfriend:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Rich_Girlfriend

4.Character of China Rich Girlfriend: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Rich_Girlfriend

5.Wu Boli: https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1984.475.3/

6.story about the China Rich Girlfriend: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Rich_Girlfriend

7.Kevin Kwan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Kwan

8.Questions: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Rich_Girlfriend

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Rich_Girlfriend

9.Questions: http://www.bookrags.com/studyguide-china-rich-girlfriend/free-quiz.html

10.Mark Zuckerberg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zuckerberg

11.It ends with me-Laurene Powell Jobs: https://www.newser.com/story/287558/laurene-powell-jobs-on-family-wealth-it-ends-with-me.html

12.Zuckerberg donates 99%: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/02/technology/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-charity.html 

13.Vanuatu:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanuatu

China Rich Girlfriend Review for March. 2, 2020

 

Carol’s sincere guidance leads us to have a heated discussion about the  book ”China Rich Girlfriend” as follows:

1. Lydia: ”gossip novel” to reveal all the physiognomy of all the tycoons. Compare to the Singapore Rich Club , Hong-Kong billionaires enjoy more bragging their fortunes. ends up unlimited temptations.

2.Faye: except”gossip”, we learn the exquisite life of elites via apparel, commute, squander and the philosophy of life.

3. Florence: All the hype and rhetoric are the sheer hypocrisy of the tycoons’ appealing privilege. The ostentatious grandeur brought the upheavals of the dark side of the squillionaires.

4.Mingli: Asians are easy to judge others by the appearance and try so hard to use the old money, on the other hand, Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett donate new money to charity at least half of their wealth.

5.Carol: p.316”High Earners, Not Rich Yet.” Give us a deepest reflection between the  rich and the earners of tycoons. To judge the rich or the poor is based on what he is, not what he has.

6.Torey: To gain little money without harming or big money with great harming is the dilemma of life. USA uses this way to be strong. Why not strive for an idealistic life with the inner meaning of life -“KISS:keep It Simple & Stupid. ”

7.Emma: The power, the money and the fame shape the make-up devils. Eleanor uses money to buy marriage, Kitty uses money to buy custody, Michael uses money to buy fame, Colette uses money to buy heritance. Bernard uses money to buy self. Rachel uses wisdom to buy all. p.344:”Behind every fortune lies a great crime”. Money is not the synonym of happiness, but wisdom will find the answer of inner endless fortune.

 (from Florence)

I greatly thank to Carol and Emma for Carol recommends the book that leads my interest to finish reading the whole book, and also Emmas attentiveness to keep record of every participants comments to the book - China Rich Girlfriends. In fact, its hard for me to finish one whole book, but this book draw my attention to the book, I admire the dramatic plots in the last part, the luxury brands of goods, cars, dress style, splendid view of house decorations, words adopting, which take on the author - Kevin Kwans delicate insight in the writing. I just cant wait the movie to release no sooner,  In contrast. Lydia doesnt like the book, she said its too gossip to mention about Chineses extravagancy in their life style, a bad image for Chinese, Ha! H! maybe we need our members to give every book a score, which for who has read. I give the book 85 satisfactory degree. how do you give?  Okay, the followings is our most intellectual Emmas analysis, sorting, and generalization for our members, she wrote very well. she catches the main theme of the author.

April. 6, 2020 activity:

Book: Olive Again

Leader: Emma Tsai

Time: 1 p.m.  April. 6, 2020

Place: Qubit Cafe (Hanshin Arena) No.6, Lane 50, Bo-Ai 3 Road,

Zuo Ying District, Kaohsiung.  Tel:07-3459477

http://qubit.bais.com.tw/

https://www.google.com.tw/

Parking: in the basement of the Qubit Cafe

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