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Judy Ho and her children in HBO Max’s House of Ho.

It was surprising to me, then, that HBO centered a show like this on a multimillionaire Vietnamese family, marketing their lavish lifestyle like a real-life version of Crazy Rich Asians.

Early on, it becomes clear that House of Ho is no fantasy — at least for the Ho women, whose lives are steeped in sexist expectations.

The politics of the Ho family might’ve been glossed over in House of Ho, but their social conservatism and obsessions with appearance and wealth acutely summarize what’s important in their world.

Ultimately, House of Ho is a glimpse into rich-people problems — rich people who simply happen to be Vietnamese American.

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