Nice try, but Henry Golding isn't exactly Asian. He's Eurasian, and he's certainly not Chinese. Echoes of Turhan Bey and Yul Brynner, I'd say. At least in Flower Drum Song, the two romantic couples James Shigeta/Miyoshi Umeki and Jack Soo/Nancy Kwan were authentically Asian.
In other words Crazy Rich Asians is an example of a well-made, funny, romantic comedy that white Americans coughed up $238.5 million to see because the male romantic lead had movie star looks and didn't look too Asian -- and, btw, the cinematography and the scenic design were breathtaking. However, it also made a lot of race obsessed posters happy because their Asian litmus test deems Malaysia more geographically pleasing than Eastern Russia (which at least borders China).
My Mexican-American nieces liked Crazy Rich Asians because they think Golding is hot. My Korean-American niece liked it too, but I didn't ask her for an analysis. When I went to see the film, I had no agenda. I just liked it because it was entertaining, and I laughed a lot. I'm glad that a major Hollywood studio made such a successful film that deservedly put the talented Jon Chu in the top rank of directors and gave opportunity to a lot of non-white actors, many of whom have worked for years and or decades without getting much recognition.