5 Fast Facts About Chinese-American Mandopop Idol Wang Leehom

By Tristin Zhang, August 14, 2019

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Sino Celeb is a monthly feature where we introduce a Chinese celebrity to our readers.

Many young hearts have been enthralled by Chinese-American singer Wang Leehom. He got his start in show business in the mid ’90s, and quickly became known for his heartfelt love songs. This July, Wang joined the team of mentors in the much-loved TV talent show Sing! China, which has helped to bring the Taiwan-based musician back into the spotlight. Here are five fast facts about the handsome Mandopop icon.  

1. Chinese Pride

Wang was born in Rochester, New York into an affluent immigrant family from Taiwan. He is often hailed by Chinese media as a role model for the Chinese diaspora because of his optimistic outlook and successful career. 

2. Descendent of the Dragon

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His cover of the Mandarin song ‘Descendant of the Dragon,’ incorporating Chinese musical instruments like the erhu, has become so popular that it’s a must-have song at his concerts. 

3. Violin Prodigy 

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Wang picked up the stringed instrument at 6 years old and became a violinist for a youth orchestra at 13, at which age he composed his first song. 

4. Top Student

Many young Chinese people look up to Wang, in part because he himself was an excellent young student. He won the National Merit Scholarship and graduated from two prestigious institutes of higher education – Williams College and Berklee College of Music. 

5. Disaster Director  

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Besides his music career, Wang has also made his name in cinema and has appeared in Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution and Michael Mann’s Blackhat, acting alongside Chris Hemsworth. His first go at directing, with Chinese film Love in Disguise was, to put it mildly, unsuccessful. 

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[Cover image via @王力宏/Weibo]

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