Tong Tong Is 12!

On January 3, Tong Tong (竇靖童 Dou Jingtong), Faye Wong’s (王菲) oldest daughter, had her 12th birthday! According to ent.ifeng, she attends Woodland Dewei International English Schools, where she is very active in the school choir. She is often the lead singer. In April, she will also be joining the school orchestra. The article goes on to say that Faye attaches great importance to education, and the cost for her two daughters’ tuition fees for two year’s is as high as 300,000 yuan.
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According to Kwongwah (source of photo below), Tong Tong’s classmates praise her voice, saying that it’s clear and comparable to Faye’s.

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4 Responses

  1. It’s nice to know that Tong Tong is doing well. But I think it’s best for her if her pics aren’t shown on her mother’s fan site.

  2. With every photo of Faye’s children we receive anonymous comments opposed to the postings. I’ve decided not to post a couple (from the same person) that were submitted because they were obviously spam and anonymous. The purpose of this blog is to provide coverage of news, photos, videos, etc. of Faye, her family, and her friends. The material is already widely published in Chinese media before they appear here. These photos of Tong Tong are no exception.

    In much of the world, a free press is critical, and this means the avoidance of censorship. Faye Wong Today publishes photos of Faye and the people in her life, and it does so to keep its readers abreast of the latest happenings in Faye’s life. Children of celebrities and VIPs are routinely featured in the world’s media, e.g., President Obama’s children, the children in the British Royal family, etc.

    Knowing this, those opposed to photos of Faye’s children in the media have the right to shun this blog. However, they don’t have the right to tell others what they can or cannot see or publish. In other words, they have the right to their own opinions and the freedom to publish their own blogs, but they don’t have the right to force their views on others. Faye Wong Today will never tell other blogs or publications what they should or shouldn’t publish. If we don’t like what we see, we simply exercise our freedom to not go there.

    Furthermore, the argument that publishing photos of Faye’s children is somehow doing a disservice to Faye or is doing harm to Faye and her family begs the question. Who decides what’s harmful? The ultimate judge is Faye herself. If Faye Wong Today receives a bonafide appeal from Faye to remove or withhold any photo or information, we would do so immediately, without question. However, given that the photos and news are already widely published in the Chinese media before they are published here, I doubt that Faye would ever make such a request.

    Some of you may disagree with our views, and we respect your right to do so. But we hope that you understand where we’re coming from and respect our right to express our values.

    Peace.

  3. I was reading this article and just wanted to comment -Could you imagine being Faye’s daughter at school!?!?! Imagine the expectations of you being a good/great singer and muso! Geez, I couldn’t even take the pressure of my school band! ahaha, I suppose my total lack of talent and dedication had something to do with it. :)

    Now that I’ve also read the blog about pics of Faye’s kids – I suppose some people see photos of kids as “invasive” or maybe even “inappropriate” because the paparazzi may have harrassed/endangered the children to get the picture. It can be a easy line to cross i.e. in some Aussie schools, everyone (including parents) are not allowed to take cameras to their kids’ sports days to prevent paedophiles from taking photos of kids, a sad predicament. I don’t personally have a problem with this blog page showing photos of Faye’s kids, unless they are “inappropriate” photos, which (as pointed out by the blog author) one would assume Faye would personally condemn (and sue!) should the photo be published anywhere.

    On a slightly different note, there was paparazzi footage of Julia Roberts with her kids released recently, which I saw on my nightly news. Jules was furious, he had obviously followed her all day and was harrassing her for a reaction (which he got!). I don’t get why supposedly legit news media would show this as “daily news”, along side the Isarel-Gaza war, murders, fires etc. Showing the clip on Entertainment Tonight makes sense, not my 5pm news! Sorry, I digress, but geez, celebs aren’t as important as wars and famines!

  4. Thanks for the comment, Deb. As you say, the keyword is “appropriate.” Like you, we don’t feel the photos of Tong Tong were inappropriate. Furthermore, we haven’t heard an outcry from Faye or LYP or any other legitimate source.

    In the aftermath of the earthquake, when LYP asked journalists to refrain from publishing photos of youthful victims, we touched up photos to make the faces of children unrecognizable. However, it quickly became obvious that there was no way to control the thousands of photos and videos that were being published. These photos weren’t inappropriate, and Faye and LYP posed with the children for the media. Furthermore, TongTong and her cousins were also in the photos that were widely published.

    More recently, in their trip to Tibet, Faye and LYP openly posed with children who received aid from the SmileAngel foundation.

    My main concern re this issue is with the kind of censorship practiced by people who see themselves as cultural police. Hiding behind anonymity, they try to force others to conform to their ideas of what’s appropriate.These self-appointed censors, if they had their way, would try to control which photos and videos of Faye we should be allowed to view, which stories we should be allowed to read, what info should or shouldn’t be published, etc.

    What they don’t “get” is that they’re practicing censorship when they try to suppress the right of others to decide what they want to learn, see, hear, etc.

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