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10 Clues You're A Crazy Rich Asian

10 Clues You're A Crazy Rich Asian
By Hong Kong Tatler
August 15, 2018
The air is thick with anticipation for the movie adaptation of Kevin Kwan's "Crazy Rich Asians," which comes out in Malaysia on August 22. Featuring several honourable mentions of Asia Tatler (or "Tattle" as it's called in the novel), there's no better authority to explain just what makes one worthy of being called a "Crazy Rich Asian":

1/10 Your family owns half the country

Photo: Malaysia Tatler July 2017
Photo: Malaysia Tatler July 2017

There really is no money like old money, honey. If your family was instrumental in building the city or your grandfather is a shipping or property tycoon, then congratulations, you are a bonafide crazy rich Asian. Bonus points if your family regularly appears in Forbes.

See also: Most Of China’s Richest People Are Self-Made Entrepreneurs—Here’s How They Made Their Fortunes

2/10 You’re one of the city’s most eligible

Photo: Most Eligible Malaysians in Malaysia Tatler
Photo: Most Eligible Malaysians in Malaysia Tatler

Royals, scions, culture vultures, financiers, tastemakers, property magnates—if you've made a name for yourself in the city's social circuit as a prominent young man or woman, chances are any tiger mom would be glad to welcome you into their family. 

See also: Attractive & Accomplished: Meet The 10 Most Eligible Malaysians 

3/10 You went to a prestigious international school—and boarding school

Photo: The International School Of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL)
Photo: The International School Of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL)

Perhaps you didn't realise it while you were playing dodgeball and reading The Barenstein Bears, but your breeding to enter the league of crazy rich Asians started much earlier than you think. Malaysia's's elite international schools—and the world's top boarding schools—are where you made not just lifelong friends, but invaluable connections as well. 

See also: Why School Is Like A Second Home At This British School In Malaysia

4/10 You're a member of an elite private member's club—or two 

Photo: Courtesy of The Grand Trinidad Cigar Divan, Best Western Premier
Photo: Courtesy of The Grand Trinidad Cigar Divan, Best Western Premier

You're not really one of the "who's who" in Malaysia unless you're a member of a private club.

Members aren't fooling anyone if they say they're paying millions per year for access to a swimming pool and the occasional club sandwich—these ultra-exclusive institutions are the ultimate status symbol and the perfect opportunity to rub shoulders with the city's key players. 

See also: 'Tengku' or 'Tunku'? How To Properly Use Malaysian Honorary Titles

5/10 Your wedding made international headlines

Photo: Courtesy of Feiping Chang
Photo: Courtesy of Feiping Chang

When it comes to weddings, it's go big or go home. We're talking about custom couture gowns, taking over Italian islands and having guestlists of over 1,000 international VIPs—after all, having a no-expense-spared approach to your big day is the crazy rich Asian way. 

See also: 12 Prominent Asian Weddings To Remember For All Time

6/10 You own multiple Ferraris/Maseratis/Rolls-Royces

Photo: Courtesy of Mah Kok Wah
Photo: Courtesy of Mah Kok Wah

Forget collecting stamps or matchboxes. If you've got the funds, why not flaunt it on an entire fleet of supercars?

According to Los Angeles-based jeweller David Lee, who has 30 supercars including 20 rare and vintage Ferraris, this is quite a sensible number. "By having 30 cars, I figure I can drive each of them at least once a month," he says. He's not wrong. 

See also: Men and Speed: Dato’ Deven Nathan and his supercar

7/10 Your pet only wears designer

Photo: Courtesy of Jasmine Chung
Photo: Courtesy of Jasmine Chung

When it comes to the pets of crazy rich Asians, only the finest will do. Hermès scarves for bandanas, personalised Louis Vuitton carriers, diamond encrusted leashes and even posturepedic beds (wer'e serious) are just some of the luxuries enjoyed by these fancy four-legged friends. 

See also: 5 High-Tech Pet Gadgets That Are Totally Life-Changing

8/10 Your trips are epic

Photo: Courtesy of Zaida Ibrahim
Photo: Courtesy of Zaida Ibrahim

Sure, a quick trip to Phuket or Tokyo is always fun—but when the world is literally your playground, the possibilites are endless. You can chase the northern lights in Iceland via private jet, tag rhinos while glamping in South Africa, or simply enjoy long lazy days at some of the world's most luxurious villas. Wherever or whatever it is, crazy rich Asians always make sure to travel in style. 

See also: 7 Incredible Train Journeys Around The World

9/10 Your wardrobe is bigger than most apartments

Photo: Dian Lee in Malaysia Tatler
Photo: Dian Lee in Malaysia Tatler

Perhaps you've got the most impressive collection of Birkins in town, an affinity for Chanel jackets (who doesn't?) or more shoes than all of the Kardashian-Jenners combined, but one thing is for sure—you don't compromise when it comes to wardrobe space. 

See also: Wardrobe: Datin Sabrena Dani

10/10 You attend more charity galas than you can count

Photo: The Melium Group & Malaysia Tatler 25th Anniversary Charity Auction
Photo: The Melium Group & Malaysia Tatler 25th Anniversary Charity Auction

There are many perks to being a crazy rich Asian, but the best one—and the most rewarding—is being able to give back to the community and to causes we care about, whether it's providing education to children in need with the Royal Charity Gala for the Tuanku Ja'afar Educational Trust, raising funds for the HIV community in Kuching with or working towards a more sustainable future.

See also: The 10 Charity Events That Proved Giving Back Can Be Fun

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