Anthony Wong is Looking for Father, Who Left the Family 52 Years Ago
Above: Anthony Wong released a photo of his father, who walked out of his life 52 years ago.
When Anthony Wong (黃秋生) was only four years old, his father left behind Anthony and his mother. In a recent interview with BBC, the 56-year-old Best Actor opened up about his childhood and how his father’s absence left a scar in his life. Not seeing his father for the last 52 years, Anthony yearned to find him and even posted his father’s photo on Facebook.
Anthony was born as Anthony William Perry, and his father’s name was Federick William Perry. His father was a government official who worked in Hong Kong under British rule. After his father stepped out of his life, Anthony was raised by his mother in Hong Kong.
Struggled with Self Identity
Due to his mixed looks, Anthony was teased mercilessly and bullied by his classmates in school. He said, “They thought I was a freak.” Growing up in the 1970s in Hong Kong, Anthony struggled with his self identity as a child. He felt he was neither Chinese nor British.
When he was 12 years old, Anthony became ill and required surgery. Anthony’s mother called his father, who was in Australia at the time. But his father made sure that the long-distance call was to be paid by Anthony’s mother first before he picked up the call. This was the last time the family contacted his father.
His father’s abandonment left Anthony with a sense of insecurity while growing up. Anthony recalled how he tried to compensate his deep sense of hurt, “As a child, I had to protect myself. So I wrapped myself in my own imagination.” It was Anthony’s strong imagination skills that eventually led him to become an actor.
However, Anthony’s looks limited the roles he was offered in his early acting career. Joining ATV in 1982, he filmed a horror series. “After joining the television station, there were not a lot of roles suitable for me. I played villian roles. My [appearance] was often a restriction.”
Although finding success in the film industry later and winning various acting accolades, Anthony continued to struggle with own identity and questioned, “What am I?” In 1997, when he was 36 years old, Anthony decided to go to England to study for one year and find his roots. But he did not find any traces of his father nor his paternal family.f
Search for His Father
Last year, Anthony posted a family photo of his father and mother on Facebook. In the photo, Anthony was just a newborn baby. With the help of fans, Anthony hoped to locate the whereabouts of his father, whom he has not seen in 52 years.
“At the time, I thought the Internet is so powerful. If I upload [my father’s photo], would I be able to find him?” Anthony paused and said, “I just tried to see what would happen. It’s impossible. He’s probably already dead.”
Unable to locate his father, Anthony has learned to let go of the past. “There are some things in life, like scars, that will always remain. They remind you of the past, and there is no need to be upset.”
Sources: HK01.com, BBC
This article is written by Jayne for JayneStars.com.