In 2016 despite making up 4.8% of the overall population of the United States, Asian-Americans made up the most regular theatre goers, attending a cinema on average 6.1 times. However, considering this, there remains a distinct lack of representation of accurate Asian or indeed Asian-American ethnic groups in Hollywood films. Films such as Crazy Rich Asians have recently been marketed as great landmark representations of modern Asian culture, as it was the first Hollywood film with an all-Asian cast and an Asian-American lead in 25 years. Nevertheless, if films such as this are an attempt to fill this gap then it is a strange choice, as Crazy Rich Asians effectively addresses lack of cultural diversity in American cinema by documenting another type of monoculturalism in a different region.
The film has been criticised as being a Sino-centric Singaporean film, with all non-Chinese characters relegated to service roles, which is not representative of Singaporeans or Singaporean culture. This is a common theme in Hollywood's new diversity trend, with most of the diverse cast members occupying roles as backing actors while lead roles are still dominated by white men. Furthermore Crazy Rich Asians has also been criticised for breaking old Hollywood stereotypes of Asian actors as a "tech geek" or "martial arts expert", but instead just builds a plethora of new stereotypes for the Singaporean-Chinese community that will probably become just as tired in time.