It was love at first sight the moment I locked eyes on him.
He was handsome, talented, he could play guitar and he could sing songs that would sent ripples to the depths of my soul. His eye’s gazed deeply into mine in a way that said I will take care of you, I will love you with every fiber of my being.
His name was Wang Lee Hom 王力宏 and he was the guy to take my Chinese guy crush virginity away from me with one song and a long gaze.
You see I may have lived in China for 2 years but in all that time I’ve never even come close to dating a Chinese guy. No Chinese guys even want to ask me out!
Apparently many of us foreign girls can be quite intimidating with our independent, wild spirits and crazy dance moves that don’t involve continuously pointing our finger’s in the air like we’re pointing out how amazing that chandelier is in the Chinese nightclub. Apparently strong willed foreign girls are not someone you want to take home to Mama (Mum) and Baba (Dad) over Chinese New Year unless of course Mama and Baba are very open minded so It takes a very special Chinese guy to even have the desire to ask a foreign girl out!
Now I know what some of you were probably thinking… “Yeah sure Sasha they don’t ask you out, excuses, excuses, but in reality your just like those stereotypical foreign girls in China who refuse to date Chinese guys because simply they are Chinese.”
Well I’ll have you know it’s not like that at all! Sure it’s true for many foreign girls and they will very openly talk about their non-desire to date a Chinese guy but I’m not one of them.
I’m not against dating a Chinese guy if given the opportunity and as I said to one of my 16 year male old students who asked me…
“Teacher, do you want Chinese boyfriend?”
Taken aback and not entirely sure whether that was his way of asking out his teacher I promptly responded…
“I’ll date anyone who’s kind, outgoing, funny, cute and can dance regardless of nationality”
And that statement was 100% true, I’m not against dating a Chinese guy if he meets the criteria, obviously I just haven’t yet met any that meet the criteria!…
And then there he was, Wang Lee Hom, and boy did he meet the criteria! It was just too bad that we were locking eyes through the KTV screen!
Big City, Small Love 大城小愛 the song that started it all!…
Like all my “love’s at first sight’s” I met Wang Lee Hom through a music video and since the moment I heard his sweet voice I have been obsessed with him like a 16 year old Chinese school girl.
Now not exactly obsessed like actually stalking him for real or any of that madness, but stalking him on facebook and any advertising poster or billboard with his picture on it, oh I’ve got that covered!
But it doesn’t stop at billboards, it extends to listening to his songs on repeat while riding the metro to work each morning.
It extends to learning the lyrics to his songs in a language I don’t even speak well.
It extends to picking up a brochure for a phone I don’t need nor ever intend to buy just because it has a picture of him on the cover.
It extends to walking into that shop just because it was playing his song.
It extends to talking to every Chinese person I can about Wang Lee Hom whether it’s pointing out to the street side DVD sales vendor that that shop next door is playing a Wang Lee Hom song or telling the lady at the Sony Ericsson shop selling the phone I don’t even need that I like Wang Lee Hom.
Luckily for me randomly mentioning Wang Lee Hom always goes down a treat because as it seems every women and girl in China is in love with Wang Lee Hom! In fact I get quite a bit of street cred from my Chinese roomie and other Chinese friends for being a Lee Hom lover!
But it looks like I’m in with a lot of competition if I’m ever to win Wang Lee Hom’s heart 心, only over 600 million other women to compete with and that doesn’t even take into account his Taiwanese, Hong Kong and Japanese fans etc.
Finger’s crossed he gives me brownie points for singing his songs at KTV even if I don’t understand a word I’m singing!
P.S. I apologize in advance if I bombard you with Lee Hom songs in the weekly “中国 Song Spotlight”
Who’s you’re favourite Chinese, Taiwanese or Hong Kong singer?
Category: Chinese Music