Eric Tsang Was an Absentee Father in Daughter’s Childhood
Above: With children, Derek and Bowie Tsang.
Eric Tsang (曾志偉) has had a successful career in the entertainment industry and established many friendships with big name stars and influential figures. His achievements, however, came at the price of his family.
The 65-year-old entertainer has been married twice. He married his first wife, Wong Mei Wah (王美華), in 1972. Both Eric and Mei Wah were only 19 years old at the time. Soon after their wedding, the couple welcomed two daughters, Bowie Tsang (曾寶儀) and Tsang Wing Yee (曾詠儀). Perhaps due to their young age and Eric’s notoriously sociable nature, where he often chose to spend his free time with friends instead of family, the couple divorced in 1975.
Eric married his current wife, Sung Lai Wah (宋麗華), in 1989. The couple has two sons, Derek Tsang (曾國祥) and Mark Tsang (曾國猷). Sung Lai Wah is not from the entertainment industry and did not like being in the limelight. Thus, she immigrated to Canada and the couple has since been in a long-distance relationship.
In a 2006 interview, Eric openly discussed his views on marriage. He believed that while it is easy to grow old together, there is a choice between walking hand-in-hand together, or spending the rest of your lives arguing till the end. “There is a lot of wisdom and insight in this statement. In the end, it is important to accommodate one another. There isn’t a standard formula that will work for each family. But it is true that I spend more of my time on my work and career than my family.”
Eric’s eldest daughter, Bowie, once stated that because her parents divorced when she was young, she has always had insecurity issues. Furthermore, she grew up in Taiwan with her mother and did not have many memories of her father. She shared, “Every year on Father’s Day, the school would have the children write cards and draw pictures for their fathers. I never knew what to write. The pictures I drew, I drew with my uncles in mind.” She further revealed that when she was younger, she wrote letters to Eric for five years, but did not receive a single response. It was only after she joined the entertainment industry did she have the opportunity to communicate with her father more.
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.