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Houston’s Kevin Kwan Chronicles the Lives of Asia’s Uber Wealthy

Kwan, who grew up in Houston, talks about his books “Crazy Rich Asians” and its sequel “China Rich Girlfriend.”


Kevin Kwan Book Covers Crazy Rich Asians China Rich GirlfriendAuthor Kevin Kwan spent his formative years in Houston at a time when he was one of just a few students of Asian descent at his high school in Clear Lake.

In recent years, he's watched with fascination as economic growth in countries like China has created a new class of uber rich, referred to there as "China rich." That fascination drove him to write the novel Crazy Rich Asians and now its sequel China Rich Girlfriend, which both chronicle the lives and problems of Asia's new and old money.

Kwan tells Houston Matters' Michael Hagerty about his inspiration for the books.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’: Lives Of The .0001 Percent (NPR, June 20, 2013)
Inside The Lives Of The ‘China Rich’ (NPR, June 14, 2015)

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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