Henry Golding recently returned to Singapore to celebrate the premiere of “Crazy Rich Asians” with his wife Liv Lo.
The husband and wife looked absolutely stunning as they posed for the cameras. Golding opted for flashy Tom Ford jacket while Lo wore a baby blue strapless bespoke gown by Jessica Cindy.
Yes, the good-looking couple like a modern-day Prince Charming and Cinderella. However, what caught our attention was the heartfelt story Golding’s wife wrote on her latest Instagram post. In it, she talks about the struggles of growing up as an Italian-Taiwanese and not having a relationship with her biological father.
“I always feel awkward answering the simple question ‘where are you from’? Typically, I answer flatly ‘I am Taiwanese’. I understand. I wouldn’t believe me too. Confusing. More questions come up. I am used to the drill,” she wrote.
Lo continues, “I respond ‘My biological father is Italian’, but deep down I am apologising to the man I call Dad. The truth is I AM TAIWANESE and I am a 3rd culture kid. I was raised in a bilingual household in Taichung until 17 and hold a Taiwanese passport. My biological father didn’t raise me – in fact, I have never met him.
“My Dad, surname Lo, is from Hong Kong and raised us bilingually because they wanted a bigger world for our family. I am sorry Daddy, you have given me the world, and yet I have to say that I am half Italian to explain my race, not identity. I am not lying, but it’s not the truth too.”
“When I first watched #CrazyRichAsians it made complete sense to me. These were people like me. This is the world I grew up in. The actors could be Asians from around the world and have different accents hailing from England, Australia, and the US.
“Amongst all the milestones superseded from the book and film the world has nodded with new understanding of diversity, that it matters to us, and that we are celebrated for who we are. We don’t have to feel shy or explain who we are anymore.
“While I know we still have a long way to go I feel empowered from this journey to say that maybe one day it won’t be so confusing for me to say ‘I am Taiwanese’ in an American accent. One day, in our ever globalised world, there will be a blonde hair blue eye individual who says “我是台灣人”, and this will be acceptable too.”
Golding left a comment saying, “Strongest woman I know“. The “Crazy Rich Asians” actor wasn’t the only who left an encouraging message. Many others took to the comments section to share their experience as a “3rd culture kid” as well.
Instagram user @heyjess shared, “Thank you for addressing this. I grew up in an Asian community in San Francisco, where you weren’t ‘Asian’ if you weren’t full Asian. Forget what I identified myself as. Didn’t matter. In college, I was ‘very Asian’ to white people. Not enough on either sides during those times.”
She added, “In Japan, people expressed disappointment that my Japanese wasn’t more advanced when I told them my mom is from there, but if I said I simply studied it in school, they were amazed that an ‘American’ spoke the language so well. It filled my heart to see your hubby @henrygolding cast as the lead in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’. In mainstream media, a person of mixed descent was seriously accepted, and in a big way! You guys don’t know how much that means to me. Thank you guys for being role models to all of us. Keep on killing it out there“.
You can read more comments at Lo’s post below:
“Crazy Rich Asians” is currently out in theatres.
Source: Liv Lo’s IG.