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How Rich? Crazy Rich.

BY INGRID DUDEK

A bestselling novel revels in, and reveals, the lives and consumption habits of Asia's superwealthy

Illustrations by Kaliz Lee


In recent years, films such as Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and Precious (2009) have brought the term "poverty porn" into popular consciousness. Photography of rusted-out urban devastation from cities such as Detroit has inspired the phrase "ruin porn." Now a bumper crop of fiction centering on Asian elites—those who already are, and those who wish to be among them—has brought us a new subgenre of what might be described as "Asian

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