Crazy Rich Asians author wanted for dodging Singapore military service

Lawrence Kim
August 25, 2018

After exceeding industry estimates by earning over $35 million after its opening weekend, the romantic-comedy led by an all East Asian ensemble cast officially has a sequel greenlit by Warner Bros.

Kwan, 44, who also worked as an executive producer of the film, did not attend the Singapore premiere this week.

Kwan reportedly left Singapore at the age of 11 and has lived in the US since 1990.

While Kwan had written two sequels to his original novel, 2015's China Rich Girlfriend and 2017's Rich People Problems, it is unknown if the film sequel will adapt either of the subsequent novels. Singapore's defense minister told the outlet, "Mr. Kevin Kwan failed to register for National Service (NS) in 1990, despite notices and letters sent to his overseas address".

Singapore's government said Kwan was wanted for "defaulting on his NS obligations" for failing to register for the service in 1990 and for staying overseas without a valid exit permit.

The movie is based on Singaporean-American author Kevin Kwan's bestselling novel of the same name, which was loosely inspired by Kwan's own family. However, his application and appeal were rejected because he failed to report for national service. It said Kwan would be liable to a fine of up to S$10,000 (£5,668) "and/or imprisonment of up to three years upon conviction".

The hit movie, which has grossed more than $35 million since August 15 world debut in Los Angeles, is mostly set in Singapore.

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