The Chicken Game Theory of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

The Chicken Game Theory of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

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Spoiler Alert: Read only after watching the movie. Note that my ideas here are based on the movie and not the book, which I have not read. Game Theory Game theory is the science of logical decision-making with a payoff matrix used to understand or map out the situation. Three of the most popular games in game theory are 1. Battle of the sexes (what to do when a woman wants to watch a movie vs. when a man wants to watch basketball for a date; Note: Not intending to stereotype, it is possible that it is the other way around) 2. Prisoner’s dilemma (both prisoners will win if they both don’t confess vs. one will win while the other will lose if one of them will confess) and 3.…
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Crazy Rich Asians: Decoding the Gambits of Eleonor and Rachel

Crazy Rich Asians: Decoding the Gambits of Eleonor and Rachel

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Spoiler Alert: Read only after watching the movie. Note that my ideas here are based on the movie and not the book, which I have not read. ‘Kai Ki Lang’ I remember my conversation with my late father in 1983. Word finally reached him that I had a Filipina girlfriend and he wanted to talk to me about it. I was warned he may confront me why I did not pick ‘Kai Ki Lang’ (in Hookien, ‘one of our our kind’ as expressed by Eleanor Young, the character of Michelle Yeoh in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’), but none of that happened. It was a pleasant conversation between father and son, where I felt his love, as he respected and trusted my decision, and already gave me his blessings in case I…
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