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HBO’s Invisible Stories on life in Singapore’s public housing shows the city beneath the glitter

It seems not all Singaporeans are crazy rich Asians. There are some that don’t shop at Marina Bay Sands. Most do not live in Peranakan mansions.

After the guilty pleasure of seeing such excessive wealth and ostentatious living in the 2018 film of Kevin Kwan’s novel, there seems to be a desire to see Asians represented more modestly and realistically.

The recent Ali Wong/Randall Park romcom for Netflix, Always Be My Maybe, featured two down-to-earth Asian-Americans rekindling a teenage fling. Canada’s CBC Television, meanwhile, scored a global sitcom hit with Kim’s Convenience, about a Korean immigrant family operating a corner grocer.

Now, Singapore’s own government-run Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) is partnering with HBO Asia on a series called Invisible Stories that peels back Singapore’s glitter to shine a light on the housing estates where most of the city state’s population live.

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