Bling Empire Evaluate: Extra Than Only a Loopy Wealthy Asian or Bravo Actuality Knockoff

The new Netflix show Bling Empire is selling itself as real Crazy Rich Asians, and at first glance it seems like another reality show that records the lives of the idle rich. But over the course of its eight episodes, it gets really interesting when it turns out to be an exploration of identity for some of the main characters.

The show may look like a Bravo castoff or a companion to Selling Sunset, Netflix’s vapid and raspy series about blonde realtors in LA, but you’ll soon find more among the layers of the Asian cast at lavish parties who continue to spend sprees and in Designer clothes and shoes wrapped. Bling Empire uses the grotesque opulence to appeal to viewers, but in a refreshing twist, that’s not all.

Kim Lee and Christine Chiu, Bling Empire

Fashionista and influencer Jaime Xie is the daughter of another insanely wealthy parent, and while she can well spend her family’s fortunes on couture, she makes a lot of money herself too. You may be inclined to shrug her off, but when she talks about making $ 40,000 to $ 60,000 for an Instagram post, you’re taking her seriously.

The show’s most compelling character comes from the left field. Unlike the other cast members, Anna Shay is at least 60 years old if she is a day. Shay is a daughter of the late billionaire Edward Shay and his Japanese-American wife Ai-San. Her father founded Pacific Architects and Engineers (PAE), a defense services contractor that specialized at least in part in top-secret work for the United Nations and the US government. In 2006, Anna and her younger brother Allen sold PAE to Lockheed Martin for $ 1.2 billion. She lives a life many of us dream of: flying to Paris on a whim on a private jet, dropping loads of batter on clothes, jewelry and other trinkets wherever in the world, and parties in her mansion where the group is comes together to talk about each other and gossip about Anna’s personal life. The really wonderful thing about Anna is how little she cares about impressing someone and how adept she is at reading people and knowing their motives. Pay special attention to when Anna and Christine interact. No spoilers here, but it’s worth the watch just for these scenes.

Fortunately, Bling Empire is more than a Bravo wannabe. We hope Netflix orders more episodes because these stories of getting to a new city as socially and culturally confusing as Los Angeles and finding friends to connect with are universal and deserve to be told.

TV Guide rating: 4/5

Bling Empire premiered Friday January 15th on Netflix.

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