Study Guide

Crazy Rich Asians Characters

By Kevin Kwan

Rachel Chu

At the heart and soul of it, Rachel Chu is the catalyst for a lot of drama in Crazy Rich Asians....

Nick Young

Young, beautiful, smart, cultured, well-mannered, and "richer than God" (1.18.74). That is Nick...

Eleanor Young

Strikingly beautiful, young-looking for her age, and distinctly dressed, Eleanor is a force to be...

Astrid Leong

What can we say abut Astrid other than she "only exists to feed obsession" (1.5.21)? Actually,...

Eddie Cheng

Edison "Eddie" Cheng is potentially once of the most odious characters in the book (watch out,...

Shang Su Yi

This woman, like her family, is the "center of power" in this novel (2.16.73). We never get...

Kerry Chu

Rachel's mother, Kerry, has one of the most interesting stories in the novel—and we don't...

Peik Lin and The Gohs

Peik Lin is Rachel's BFF, and turns out to be a critical friend to Rachel during her stay in...

The Shaws

Nadine and her daughter Francesca, "the celebrated 'Shaw Foods heiress,'" rival Eddie for the...

Dr. Gu

This man is in a class all by himself. He seems to be a connection to a forgotten world, a world...

Eleanor's Friends

Eleanor Young, the only member of the Shang/Young/T'sien team who "socializes outside the...

The Lings

Jacqueline and Amanda Ling are another mother-daughter pair focused on securing a place within...

The Lees

Annabel and Araminta Lee, yet another mother-daughter pair clambering up the social ladder, are a...

Michael Teo

Breathtaking in a Speedo, Michael Teo swept Astrid off her feet in 2004. But nothing else was...

Colin Khoo

Formerly the most eligible bachelor in Singapore, Colin Khoo is dashing, nice, and crazy rich....

Goh Wye Mun

Peik Lin's father is a kind man, one of the few men we see who is also trying to climb the social...

Fiona Cheng

This woman will catch you by surprise. We don't know much of where she comes from, but we know a...

Oliver T'sien

Possibly one of the most colorful characters in the novel, Oliver is a second cousin of Nick's,...

Charlie Wu

Charlie Wu, the tech billionaire who wasn't good enough for Astrid (according to her family), is...

Alistair Cheng

The youngest of the Cheng clan and cousin and friend to Nick, Alistair isn't a terrible guy. He...

Bernard Tai

Carol Tai warns us, fairly early in the novel, that her son is a spoiled brat. She is not wrong....

Other Minor Characters

Sporting one of the greatest names in literature, Kitty Pong steals Alistair Cheng's heart and...