More from Sweet Angel 2009

In this video, Faye Wong (王菲) and Li Yapeng (李亚鹏) deliver heartfelt thank you speeches. Faye’s is, as usual, compact and thoughtful; LYP’s is moving.

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Some observations from the video and the event in general:

  • Na Ying (那英) and Eason Chan (陈奕迅) performed at the event, and clips are included in the video.
  • Katie Chen (陈家瑛), Faye’s manager, won the vase that was painted by Tong Tong (竇靖童) and Li Yan (李嫣). She said, “Faye Wong’s daughters are like my granddaughters, and as a grandmother, I am very happy to have their work.”
  • Carina Lau (刘嘉玲) showed up in a striking yellow coat.
  • Carina’s husband, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (梁朝偉), was a no-show.
  • Vicki Zhao (赵薇), too, was a no-show. (Na Ying, Carina, and Vicki are Faye’s closest friends.)
  • Chow Yun-Fat (周润发) and his wife, Chen Hui Lin (陈荟莲), after a lot of pre-event hype, failed to show. Rumors are rife re the reasons. In one of the articles, I read that he made remarks to the press that were “critical” of the fundraiser. Still, he donated valuable photographs for the auction.
  • Small S’s (小S, 徐熙娣, Xu Xi Di) kissing of Faye was probably the most sensational event of the evening.

November-December 2009 Photos of Faye!

This photo was taken at the Central Shoppes on 1 Dec. 2009. Faye Wong (王菲), three girfriends, and assistants were out shopping. After about 10 minutes, they left by car to go to another shopping mall. (Source, 3 Dec 2009)

The following photos were taken “recently” so I’m assuming sometime in late Novemer 2009. (Date: 11.28.09.) That’s Tong Tong (竇靖童, Dou Jingtong), who will be 13 on 3 Jan. 2010. (Source, 3 Dec. 2009)Video added 3 Dec 2009. (Source: Sichuan Online, 12.3.09; NetEase)

1997 – Faye Signs with EMI

In this rare video, we see Faye Wong (王菲) at a pivotal moment in her career. Appearing with her is Katie Chen (陈家瑛 Chen Jiaying), her manager. It is 26 May 1997, and Faye has left Cinepoly to sign with EMI. Her first daughter, Tong (竇靖童, Dou Jingtong), was born on 3 Jan 1997. She signed for a reported 60 million Hong Kong dollars (7.7 US) to release 55 songs in 5 albums. With Cinepoly in June 1996, she had released Restless, considered her most important album. In Sep 1997, she would release her first EMI album, Faye Wong 1997.

Faye, Tong, Yan, & Friends – 28 Feb 2009

On Saturday, 28 Feb 2009, Faye Wong (王菲) and her daughters Tong (竇靖童 Dou Jingtong) and Li Yan (李嫣), along with friends, were photographed by ccwang117 at a Beijing shopping mall. According to the photographer, who used a cellphone camera from a distance, Tong was very attentive to Yan throughout the meal and very courteous to the service staff, thanking them often.

(Source: Netease, Ent163, 2 March 2009)

What’s Stalling Faye Wong’s Return?

I’m sure this question has been on the minds of millions of Faye Wong (王菲) fans throughout the world for the last four years. Since her last No Faye, No Live! concert in Guangzhou on 10 January 2005, the release of the concert album in November 2004, and her To Love (將愛 Jiang Ai) album in November 2003, we have been waiting for a new album or concert performance.

Will 2009 be the year when Faye returns?

I’m not an insider like Katie Chen (陈家瑛 Chen Jiaying), Carina Lau (刘嘉玲 Liu Jia Ling), Vicki Zhao (赵薇 Zhao Wei), or Ma Jia (马葭) so I can’t answer this question with any kind of authority, but like most of you, I’ve been following her career very closely and have a number of thoughts on what may be keeping Faye from returning to her performing career.


(Photo source: 7_70)

There are a number of clues that might, together, provide an explanation:

Clue 1. Faye isn’t motivated by money. She never has been and probably never will. Thus, multimillion dollar offers may not have the appeal that it does for most people.

Clue 2. She’s not staying away because of the children, Tong Tong (竇靖童 Dou Jingtong) and Li Yan (李嫣), as many believe. Yes, she loves them and enjoys caring for them, but in the past, she resumed her career almost immediately after Tong Tong’s birth.

Clue 3. Since Coming Home in August 1992, every album has been different in the sense that, in each, Faye pushes the envelope, experimenting and trying new things. The point is that her discography since 1992 is a continuous progression, development, or growth. In her last album, Jiang Ai, Faye served as co-producer, with Zhang Ya Dong (張亞東), of the entire album. She also composed and wrote three of the songs, the title track “To Love,” “Leave Nothing” (不留), and “Sunshine Dearest” (陽寶), and she composed the music for “April Snow” (四月雪).

Clue 4. She’s not resting, as many seem to believe. Faye has tremendous energy and strength, and the reason for her absence from the limelight isn’t physical.

Clue 5. She’s not being restrained or held back by her husband, Li Yapeng (李亚鹏), as some believe. In fact, LYP is her biggest fan and would want nothing better than to see and hear Faye perform once again. However, to his credit, he’s leaving the decision solely in her hands.

Clue 6. Faye hasn’t lost her voice as some speculate. Her voice and talents are part of her DNA, and she can’t lose what’s a natural part of her. Also, her 18 May 2008 earthquake relief live performance with Faith Yang ( 杨乃文, Yang Nai Wen), Eason Chan (陈奕迅, Chen Yi Xun, ), and Aniu (阿牛) in “Wishing We Last Forever” demonstrated to the world that her voice is as beautiful as ever.

Clue 7. She hasn’t lost her looks. All one has to do is look at her recent photos and videos. She is absolutely gorgeous!

Clue 8. Faye isn’t restless, and this is a major reason, I think, for her reluctance to reignite her career. In the past, her creative juices flowed when she was restless or impatient. It’s almost as though she’s driven by an inner force that only she can feel — a force that can be released only through creative expression in music.

Clue 9. She hasn’t seen or heard anything in the current music scene to spark her creative energies. There’s no modern day equivalent of Teresa Teng (鄧麗君 Deng Lijun) or Cocteau Twins to inspire her. And her former collaborators, Zhang and Lin Xi (林夕), as well as C. Y. Kong, Dou Wei (竇唯), and Nic Tse (谢霆锋 Xie Tingfeng), haven’t been working with her to create new material.

Clue 10. Faye has never said that she’s retired or retiring from her career. And this is perhaps the most important clue. She’s leaving the door open simply because she may want to step into the recording studio when the spirit moves her. There’s no timetable. It’s just a matter of waiting for the right moment to strike, when her adrenaline and restlessness kicks in.

A Likely Scenario for Faye’s Return

So, given these clues, what’s a likely scenario for her return? My guess is that either or both Zhang and Lin Xi will have to make the first move by presenting Faye with new songs or concepts that could be exciting for her. It’ll have to be sufficiently different, new, and edgy, and it’ll have to be something that fits Faye and represents, for her, growth.

These two have collaborated extensively with Faye in the past, and, together, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I’d also toss C. Y. Kong, Dou Wei, and Nic into the mix. Faye brings out the genius in each of these guys, and, together, they could create the kind of music that would stir the restlessness or anxiety within Faye that seeks creative expression in music.

In this scenario, Faye would play many different roles, as she has in the past, when she felt in sync with her collaborators, and these roles will include bouncing off her partners and adding her own touches, including original compositions or lyrics or both.

These individuals, including Faye, intuitively realize that, alone, each can’t grow. It’s only in collaboration that they can transcend the limits of their own talents and create music that’ll take them and the entire industry to a whole new level.

So, how do we get this ball rolling? I’d say that someone has to take the initiative, the first step. And from where I’m sitting, the most likely candidate for this task is Katie. She has the personality, the power, and the talent to bring people together. She needs to make this happen by contacting the individuals and asking them to work with Faye to take up where she left off in 2005.

The goal would definitely not be to do an oldies-but-goodies rehash of past hits. Instead, it would be to continue the growth that stopped in 2005, to take the next step into a new and different sound that is purely Faye Wong.

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.

According to Kwongwah (source of photo below), Tong Tong’s classmates praise her voice, saying that it’s clear and comparable to Faye’s.


Rumor – Faye’s 40 Days Pregnant

This rumor is so prevalent that it’s tough to ignore — Faye Wong’s (王菲) been pregnant for the last 40 days. According to sources such as, her pregnancy is in response to Li Yapeng’s (李亚鹏) desire for a son. They have two daughters, Tong Tong (竇靖童 Dou Jingtong) and Li Yan (李嫣). Tong Tong’s father is Dou Wei (竇唯), Faye’s ex. Faye will be 39 in a few days, and if this rumor is true, pundits fear a difficult pregnancy.

Other news – Carina Lau (刘嘉玲 Liu Jia Ling) flew to Beijing on Wednesday, July 30, to celebrate Faye’s birthday with Faye and other close friends, including Na Ying (那英) and Hu Jun (胡军), on the 31st. Faye’s actual birthday is on Aug. 8.

Update 8.5.08: According to (8.6.08), Faye’s manager, Katie Chen  (陈家瑛 Chen Jiaying), confirmed reports of the pregnancy on Aug 5. (BTW, time discrepancies between this blog and China sources are a result of differing time zones.) Re questions about China’s one-child policy, the response, according to at least one report, is that Faye is a Hong Kong national.

Update 8.6.08: Katie’s confirmation at 3PM on Aug 5. (Source Jun-Jun’s blog in China Economic Net)

Another Photo of Li Yan

Here’s another photo  of Li Yan (李嫣) from Asian Entertainment Universe (23 July 2008). Her parents, Faye Wong (王菲) and Li Yapeng (李亚鹏), and sister Tong Tong (竇靖童 Dou Jingtong), as well as others in the entourage, including Katie Chen (陈家瑛, Chen Jiaying), entered the airport in Bangkok in separate groups to distract the media’s attention away from Li Yan. The strategy worked, allowing Yan to avoid detection for the most part. The exceptions are a few shots such as this. Yan’s is the eyes of innocence, and just seeing her vulnerability goes a long way toward explaining and empathizing with Li Yapeng’s violent actions. As a father, his natural instinct was to shield and protect her from the kind of media attention that could be traumatic.

(Original source: Mingpao Oriental Daily)

Faye, LYP, Tong in Bangkok

Faye Wong (王菲), Li Yapeng (李亚鹏), and Tong Tong (竇靖童, Dou Jingtong) arrive in Bangkok on Saturday, July 19, 10PM, on their way to Carina Lau (刘嘉玲, Liu Jialing) and Tony Leung’s (梁朝偉, Leung Chiu-Wai) wedding in Bhutan. This hop to Bangkok is necessary because China and Thailand have yet to establish diplomatic relations. From here, they’ll board one of two private jets for Bhutan, where the wedding will be held on the 21st.

(source Xinhuanet)

Videos of Faye and LYP at the Hospital – June 1

Faye Wong (王菲), Li Yapeng (李亚鹏), and Tong Tong (竇靖童, Dou Jingtong) at the hospital on June 1. See the earlier post.

[7.12.08: This video is no longer available on YouTube]

[7.12.08: This video is no longer available on YouTube]

Added 5 June 2008 (uploaded to YouTube by fayeconnie, 5 June 2008):

Faye, LYP, Tong Tong — More June 1 Pix

Tong Tong (竇靖童, Dou Jingtong), Li Houlin (李厚霖), Faye Wong (王菲), and Li Yapeng (李亚鹏) at the hospital on 1 June 2008. See the earlier post.

(Source: NetEase, News365, Sohu, 2 June 2008)

A Typical Day in Faye Wong’s Life?

What’s a typical day like for Faye Wong (王菲)? According to China Entertainment Network (29 May 2008), she goes to a yoga exercise class every day, for about an hour. When Vicki Zhao (赵薇, Zhao Wei) joins her, they train for a while longer. In the meantime, Tong Tong (竇靖童, Dou Jingtong), accompanied by her uncle, LYP’s brother (Li Yawei, 亚伟), seems bored and uses the shopping mall as a park, riding her skateboard, trying on shoes at a shop, etc. The article also reports that Faye hangs out every afternoon at a cafe (coffee shop) for a couple of hours, smoking cigarettes nonstop, one after the other.

This jaded view of Faye and Tong Tong has to be taken with a grain of salt. This may not be a typical day for Faye and Tong Tong. If it were, I’m sure the paparazzi would be ready and waiting, every day at the same time.

Faye Wong and Tong Tong on April 29

On 29 Apr 2008, Faye Wong (王菲) and her oldest daughter, Tong Tong (Dou Jingtong 竇靖童), were on their way to watch Li Jian (李健) perform but turned away when paparazzi descended on them. (1 May 2008,

5.3.08 – photo below added.