The crew of the third season of American sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” got their first taste of the Chinese blessing ceremony on production sets when the series filmed in Taiwan. Chinese-majority countries, such as Singapore and Hong Kong, often hold such ceremonies to bring good luck for larger scale productions. “It was funny because the American crew didn’t know what to think of it. It was their first experience with something like that,” said Melvin Mar, executive producer of the show about a Taiwanese family that struggles to fit in and embrace the American dream after migrating in the ’90s.
It’s the movie based on a best-selling book by a Singaporean author, set mostly in Singapore, partially filmed in Singapore and starring more than a few Singaporean actors. The cast and crew of “Crazy Rich Asians” came to the Republic this month (June), and you may have spotted them filming in locations such as Ann Siang Hill and CHIJMES. It’s the story of Chinese-American academic Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), who accompanies her Singaporean boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding) back home for a wedding.