Wang Leehom to Take Two Months of Paternity Leave

By on September 28, 2016 in NEWS

Wang Leehom to Take Two Months of Paternity Leave

Wang Leehom (王力宏) will be taking two months off once his second child arrives.

The talented 40-year-old singer and actor, who has just finished his last concert project, announced on Sunday that he will be taking two months of paternity leave to spend time with his family and await for the birth of his second child with wife Lee Ching-lei (李靚蕾). Leehom and Ching-lei married in 2013, and welcomed their first child, daughter Jiali, the following year.

This announcement after Leehom completed the initial promotions for his movie Leehom Wang’s Open Fire Concert Film <王力宏火力全開演唱會電影>.The concert film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 15.

Leehom said on Facebook, “Two months paternity leave is actually an idea I got from my friend Mark Zuckerberg.”

Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, made headlines last year when he announced that he’d take two months of paid paternity leave for his newborn daughter, Max. Facebook is notorious for offering a very generous parental policy, in which both parents get to take up to four months of paid leave after the birth of their child.

Leehom urged more new fathers to take parental leave, saying, “If someone [Zuckerberg] that busy can do it, why can’t I? Studies show it’s good for building strong family interaction, decreasing postpartum depression and… having been through it once before guys, my two cents is, it’s just an awesome time to bond.”

The actor-singer then proudly said that his staff at Homeboy Music Inc. can all receive up to two months of paid maternity and paternity leave.

He ended his message saying, “Open Fire Film Concert will get fired up again in November!”

Source: Sina

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  • 12 comments to Wang Leehom to Take Two Months of Paternity Leave

    1. cuckoo says:

      If parents are rich enough then they can take leave as long as as they want. But for the majors, rich as Leehom Wang or Zuckerberg are very rare, people need to work to support family. Saying “busy” only is unreasonable, “busy” is not the main reason for people to choose “work” or “not work”, take leave or not take leave, besides that most company give paid leave for mother only, father only get few day paid leave. If still can have money as normal without working, who doesn’t want to take leave? And if taking leave longer than the company expected, people can lose their job, not a game of mother’s depression or “busy”, be careful

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      • happybi replied:

        @cuckoo exactly. Its not being “busy” that is keeping normal salary worker from staying home with a newborn. But the fact that a lot of company don’t have paternity leave. And even if they do, max is a week. And even for maternity leave is mostly 8 to 12 weeks and not full pay too. If they stay out too long their position can be given to someone else. Honestly I find his comments thoughtless and obnoxious.

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        • went replied:

          “ Honestly I find his comments thoughtless and obnoxious “ – Yup, thoughtless and obnoxious to the max. lol…
          Comparing himself to MZ? OK!!! Many parents – dad and the mom probably thought about keeping meals on the table than anything else. Who doesn’t know it’s better for the kid & family but can they afford to?
          Most maternity leave in US probably 6 weeks max and I don’t even know if it’s full paid or whatever cuz I am not there yet lol…and if you don’t come back after a certain period, they do have a right to hire someone else unless of course they love them to death and ppl can cover for them or else how can anyone have that kind of long term leave flexibility? Nonsense, more like bragging about how much $$$ he has than anything else. Thought he was a humble guy ? Times and people change!!

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        • cuckoo replied:

          @went @happybi
          Don’t think he’s thoughtless, it’s rather he’s building his image as a good husband, good father and a happy family, happy love. Most celebrities do, we don’t know if they’re really happy in their family life or not, just feel scared of them, they’re very calculative, smart

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        • happybi replied:

          @cuckoo Then I think it back fired as I don’t think all people will appreciate his comment. If he’s trying to get rid of his old rumors by portraying this lovely father imagine, it’s not working for me. If he’s a good father then good for him but not a fan of his current comments.

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        • cuckoo replied:

          I don’t mean he’s trying to get rid of his old rumors, just saying he’s building his image. Celebrities do build their images in some direction even they don’t have any bad rumors in the past, but the real of them we don’t know

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        • sas318 replied:

          @cuckoo I don’t follow Leehom’s career that much, but he seemed like a regular guy until this 2-months paternity leave crap, that apparently was recommended by his FRIEND Mark Zuckerberg. Even such a seemingly harmless comment and the source of that idea speaks volumes. Everyone knows the rich and famous will mingle with other people like him, but he doesn’t need to flaunt it. Now he’s some untouchable, snotty celebrity when previously glancing at his Facebook page and watching interviews with him, he seemed like a regular guy.

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        • cuckoo replied:

          ok, noted.

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    2. aiya says:

      It appears his announcement is more PR in nature than anything. Unlike Zuckerberg, who is running a public company that requires such disclosure by policy, Lee Hom is working for himself and thus can do whatever he pleases without having to announce his revised work schedule.

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    3. sas318 says:

      Do Leehom and Mark speak Mandarin to each other? I wonder. I’m guessing English because it’s the easiest.

      Homeboy Music? LOL. Leehom doesn’t use his English name professionally and his daughter doesn’t have an American name either, yet he named his publishing company (or whatever it is) Homeboy Music.

      Leehom is self employed, so he can take as long as you wants. I know businesses in which the owners close their business for 2 weeks straight or even a month without fear they’ll lose customers because they’re the owners, so they can do anything they want.

      I don’t appreciate people like Leehom Wang or Mark Zuckerberg telling dads that taking 2 months off would be great. How many average people who don’t have millions in the bank like they do can do that? Unless they saved up their vacation days that add up to 2 months?

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    4. dandan says:

      yeah ok, cool for you Leehom. I agree with those above who says he sounds pretentious. He and Zukerberg have the means and money to do that. A lot of people do not. Hell, lots of places offer very little maternity leave, let alone any paternity leave at all. I mean, I guess it’s good that he provides that for his employees.

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