Michael Tong (唐文龍) grew up in the United States, but moved to Hong Kong for his acting career. The passing of his father last year made Michael cherish his family more and the memories they have together. Since his mother still lives in Seattle, he flies there frequently to visit.
He said, “In the past 20 years, my parents would come back to Hong Kong every winter to visit. They would stay for two to three months, and I spent time with them when I was not working.” As Michael’s parents’ ages advanced, especially when his dad’s health deteriorated, the actor flew to the United States six times last year.
“When I was younger, I used to think my parents were annoying. As I grew older, I realized that our time together as a family will only diminish,” Michael said and thanked them for the wisdom they have shared with him.
Though his parents are traditional, they are still very supportive of Michael’s acting dreams. When Firestorm <風暴> was released, the family bought tickets and watched the movie together in the theater. Michael was so moved, he cried on the spot.
When SARS and the resulting recession occurred in Hong Kong, Michael was financially strapped and his parents stepped in to help pay his home mortgage for seven months. He said, “Though I did return the money to them, I still owe them a lifetime. It is really hard to return a parent’s unconditional love. However, they feel that I don’t need to pay back anything as long as I love them and treat them sincerely.”
This article is written by Hailey for JayneStars.com.