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  • Koreen Liew-Young

Yellow = GOLD

Updated: Jan 6, 2019

In the past, I've talked about my journey as a Chinese New Zealander in blogs such as "You're Not Like Other Asians," and "Finding the Dragon Within". I spoke about finding my identity and feeling comfortable with what is perceived to be the colour of my skin.

After seeing the smash hit rom-com Crazy Rich Asians, I have never been more proud to be associated with the colour YELLOW 🌻🌞🌼⭐️

Quoting from John M Chu's interview explaining why Coldplay's "Yellow" (covered by Katherine Ho) was chosen as part of the rich, vibrant soundtrack:

“[The word Yellow] has a connotation to it, from things that I’ve been called and culturally and all these things, so for me, it was more about ownership of that term,” Chu says. “I remember hearing the song and the beauty of ‘yellow,’ the color of ‘yellow’ as the sun and of love. It was like, ‘f— that,’ because yellow can be beautiful, and if you’re going to call me yellow then fine, that’s what we’ll be.”

The glamour, the food, the energy and the full Asian cast (no martial artists included) was mind-blowing.

But I encourage you to look a little deeper.  Mindy Kaling summaries it well via Twitter that this movie goes beyond the colour of your skin to speak in a language that is known by all.  

Julian Liew-Young's blog "Thinking - for a change" also encourages us to look past all the glitz and explore what the movie means for our lives. Click the links and enjoy the read!

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