leehom wang has come a long way since he left the United States of his birth and travelled to Taiwan, the island of his parents. He was an all-American boy in spite of his Chinese ancestry, though in perhaps typically Asian fashion he’d studied music from an early age. And then he “returned” to Asia some 18 years ago to visit relatives – and was promptly offered a recording contract.
Since then, Wang has far outgrown his early teen-idol status to become a megastar among Chinese audiences, with a catalogue of recordings that skilfully meld Oriental and Western influences, and an equally impressive roster of film appearances – not to mention a packed concert schedule that takes him right around the world from his base in Taiwan. A role in Michael Mann’s upcoming Cyber is set to extend his appeal well beyond the Chinese diaspora, and last year he even addressed the Oxford Union. Quite how this articulate and hard-working young man found the time to pose for an exclusive photo shoot and interview with Prestige Hong Kong is a question I’m still finding hard to anwer, but we’re delighted he did, and that he’s gracing the cover of this April issue, one of two each year that we traditionally orient towards our male readers.
With that latter theme in mind, our spring/summer 2014 Prestige Runway presents all the looks a guy is ever going to need over the next few months. We also have interviews with top model David Gandy (a bloke’s bloke if ever there was one) and Hong Kong movie hard man Nick Cheung. Throw in a private jet, one of the most desirable sports cars around, and oodles of food and drink, and we reckon we’ve probably found a way to most fellows’ hearts – and, I trust, to the women’s, too.
Lastly, I’m sure you’ve noticed the dynamic new look and feel that we’re introducing with this issue of Prestige Hong Kong – elegant and understated, but with a “wide-screen” effect that maximises visual impact. Unchanged is our focus on all that’s genuinely worthwhile and desirable, but we’ve honed the content to ensure an editorial journey for our readers that consistently engages from beginning to end, enlivened by new sections penned by writers noted for their insight and authority. At the heart of it all is a renewed emphasis on excellence, and our implicit understanding of your evolving expectations.
This has been a labour of love for us, and we all sincerely hope you enjoy the results.