Study Guide

Crazy Rich Asians Part 3, Chapter 15

By Kevin Kwan

Part 3, Chapter 15

Villa d'Oro — Singapore

  • Rachel has been in hiding at Peik Lin's house and hasn't had anything to eat since she's been there.
  • After fainting at Su Yi's Malaysian lodge, she was revived by the Thai maids and carried outside by Nick, not before hearing Su Yi said she had a "weak constitution" (3.15.12).
  • Asking for time alone, Rachel tells Nick to drop her off at a town down the mountain.
  • Nick doesn't want to leave her alone, thinking she'll be a risk to herself.
  • He's heavy with guilt for what happened to her (and maybe you should be, Nick!), for leading her into the "viper's nest" (3.15.26).
  • After Nick checks her into a hotel and kisses her goodbye, she leaves the room, stops payment on the credit card, and calls a taxi.
  • Three days at Peik Lin's and Rachel finally calls her mom. She cuts right to the chase and asks if her dad is still alive.
  • Kerry awkwardly avoids answer the question.
  • Rachel demands, "Who is Zhou Fang Min?" (3.15.40).
  • Without Kerry explaining anything, Rachel blows up at her, totally furious that her mother had lied to her. She feels she doesn't know who she is anymore.
  • Hanging up, Rachel crawls into bed with no answers.
  • Nearly a week later Rachel emerges and joins the Gohs for dinner. They feed her graciously, happy to see her out of her sadness.
  • Well, maybe just out of the bedroom.
  • Rachel thanks them for letting her stay there. She decides she's going to China before returning to the U.S.
  • She wants to meet her father.
  • And she doesn't want Nick to come.
  • Peik Lin tells Rachel that Nick has been calling every day, he even drove up a couple times.
  • Rachel can't stomach facing him again. "He had suddenly become a reminder of everything that had gone wrong in her life" (3.15.89).
  • Yowsa.
  • After a little more talk with Peik Lin and the family, Rachel decides she should see Nick. It's not his fault his mother is awful.
  • When Nick comes to Villa d'Oro, he isn't sure how to ask for forgiveness from Rachel. He apologizes for being "recklessly ignorant" about his family (3.15.101).
  • Rachel notices that Nick looks terrible. He says he's been staying at Colin's house while he's on his honeymoon.
  • Rachel tells Nick she's going to China to see her father.
  • And she's going on her own.
  • Oh and she'll be going back to NYC on her own.
  • Oh , and they should stop seeing each other.
  • Uhh.
  • Expectedly, Nick freaks; "I love you. I want to marry you" (3.15.133).
  • It'll never work, she says. His legacy is in Singapore and she doesn't want him to resent her. She doesn't want to be a part of a family like his. She wants her kids to have a "loving, nurturing home" (3.15.148).
  • Ouch, but, you know, she's not wrong.
  • She closes with "I've had enough of being around all these crazy rich Asians" (3.15.148).
  • Nick can see that Rachel is "lost to him" (3.15.149).