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BayByOjaH - September 5, 2005 03:52 AM (GMT)
Wang Lee Hom

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Basics
Chinese Name: Wáng Ĺhóng
English Name: Lee Hom Wang
Christian Name: Alexander

Birthday: May 17, 1976
Ethnicity: Taiwanese
Nationality: American
Astrological Sign: Taurus
Zodiac: Dragon

Height: 180cm
Weight: 68kg
Birthplace: Rochester, New York
Blood Type: O
Family: Parents, Older Brother Leo (+3 yrs), Younger Brother Lee Kai (-9 yrs)

Elementary School: Pittsford Elementary School: Pittsford, New York
High School: Sutherland High School: Pittsford, New York
Undergraduate: Williams College: Williamstown, Massachusetts (Graduated With Honors In Music, Minor In Asian Studies)
Graduate School: Berklee School of Music: Boston, Massachusetts

Email: lwang@wso.williams.edu
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20083, Rochester, NY 14602, USA

Favorites
Boyband: N'Sync
Subject: Jazz Piano
Animal: Human Beings
Colour: Blue
Sport: Baseball
Food: Japanese cuisine, Peking Duck, Pizza, Sandwich, Grapefruit Juice
Movies: 8 1/2, Little Women
Type of Movie: Science Fiction
Country: Taiwan
Attire: T-shirt & Jeans
Quote: "It's all good."

Talents
*Sing
*Compose Music & Lyrics
*Play Percussion Instruments, Violin, Piano, Guitar, Xylophone
*Draw

Languages
*Mandarin, English, French, Cantonese (Conversational), Japanese

Other facts
-Leehom's father is a doctor (pediatrician)
-Leehom's mother business-manager and an amateur opera singer
-After Leehom's parents graduated from university in Taiwan, they went to the United States to further their studies.
- Leehom's elder brother Lee-De, Leo, is 3 years older than Leehom. He's also a doctor (currently residing in Chicago). Leo has finely tuned debating skills. His uncanny ability to win arguments won him many competitions in the past.
-Leehom's younger brother, Lee-Kai, is 9 years younger than Leehom. Lee-Kai can play the piano.
-Leehom's Grandma who lives in Taiwan is nearly 80 years old now. According to Leehom, she is a modern Granny who knows to go to concerts and is active in social activities. She was the History teacher of the host of "Super Sunday".
-Leehom is left-handed.
-His close friends are David Tao, Shunza, Coco Lee, Eason, Jeff Chang, Mavis Fan, William So, Peter Ho and Vivian Hsu.
-Why doesn't he use his Christian name 'Alexander'? When Leehom was about to go to Primary School, Wang Mama wanted Leehom to choose the name he wanted to use: Alexander or Leehom. He chose Leehom with the reason that it is more unique than Alexander.
-Leehom has perfect pitch! This means that he can sing out the accurate pitches of notes without the aid of any instruments. Pretty fantastic, eh? Not many people can do that!
-Leehom can do the splits!
-Leehom brushes his teeth before doing any recording.
-Leehom pastes the enlarged lyrics all over the wall.
-Leehom loves wearing shoes without wearing socks.
-Together with his elder brother, Leehom worked as a paper boy for 7 years since he was 8. He said that this experience trained him to be honest, responsible and industrious.
-Leehom owns a studio in New York, named "Homeboy Studios".

credits: http://www.geocities.com/uslhfc/index2.html

*Clover* - September 5, 2005 04:37 AM (GMT)
Haha. Leehom is so amusing. His quote is "it's all good" and he says him grandma is a 'modern granny'. And his favorite group is "N'Sync"? LOL. He's very talented. Academic wise, performing arts wise and lang. wise. And cute too. =]

I'm glad there's a thread for WLH.

Aznality Artz - September 5, 2005 05:40 AM (GMT)
jinjoo is obsessed! hrmm interesting..he is almost 30 already. didnt realise he was that old. :)

BayByOjaH - September 5, 2005 07:44 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (AzNaLiTY @ Sep 4 2005, 10:40 PM)
jinjoo is obsessed! hrmm interesting..he is almost 30 already. didnt realise he was that old. :)

OMG* I didn't either...
when I saw his bday... I was like "WHAT? he's 8 years older than me?"
but he's SOOOOO young looking~ :D he definately must take good care of himself!

*Clover* - September 5, 2005 12:14 PM (GMT)
^Haha. He's like my older bro. He's 33, but ppl always think he's 20-21 yrs. old. Sometimes it's very hard to tell ppl in their 20's and 30's b/c they're still in the so-called 'prime' of their life. :]

And he's friends with CoCo, which I knew. But Eason...? :huh:

BayByOjaH - September 7, 2005 01:56 AM (GMT)
^ my friend's bf is like that*... he's 33 also, but he looks like he's in his mid/late 20s.

Yeah*... when I read he was close friends with that Eason guy I was thinking "what was the shoe deal then?"
that's cool he's friends with Coco Lee too!!...

I have another question*... Do people from Taiwan speak mando then?... or canto?... or do they have their own language?... =T

*Clover* - September 7, 2005 03:29 AM (GMT)
^Mandarin. Majority of ppl of Chinese descent speak Mandarin. Taiwanese is a nationality, but their ethnicity is Chinese. On the other hand, they write Chinese in traditional characters unlike the PRC which uses simplified characters.

BayByOjaH - September 7, 2005 06:08 AM (GMT)
lol~ thanks* ... i'm such a dork*...
that's what I get for not livin' around Chinese... most asians in my area are korean, viet, cambodian, flipino... stuff like that*
The other Chinese people I've ever hung out with were these dude in Oregon, that would come up all the time to go to raves in Seattle =T
yay~ I feel enlightened tho =) thanks again clover!!

Aznality Artz - September 7, 2005 06:50 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (*Clover* @ Sep 7 2005, 01:29 PM)
^Mandarin. Majority of ppl of Chinese descent speak Mandarin. Taiwanese is a nationality, but their ethnicity is Chinese. On the other hand, they write Chinese in traditional characters unlike the PRC which uses simplified characters.

taiwanese ppl actually have their own dialect. the majority of us could speak it. i could when i was back there, now i dont use it anymore. some of the older generation of taiwanese cannot speak mandarin at all, like my grandparents. my parents gotta communicate with them in taiwanese. but nowadays the official is mandarin.

*Clover* - September 7, 2005 12:01 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (AzNaLiTY @ Sep 7 2005, 01:50 AM)
QUOTE (*Clover* @ Sep 7 2005, 01:29 PM)
^Mandarin. Majority of ppl of Chinese descent speak Mandarin. Taiwanese is a nationality, but their ethnicity is Chinese. On the other hand, they write Chinese in traditional characters unlike the PRC which uses simplified characters.

taiwanese ppl actually have their own dialect. the majority of us could speak it. i could when i was back there, now i dont use it anymore. some of the older generation of taiwanese cannot speak mandarin at all, like my grandparents. my parents gotta communicate with them in taiwanese. but nowadays the official is mandarin.

Yup. One of my friends said she couldn't speak the Taiwanese dialect with her dad's parents since she only knew Cantonese and Hokkien. The only thing that seperates and language from a dialect is money-- or funds sadly since it takes that to state a dialect is a language. =[

mel - September 7, 2005 11:05 PM (GMT)
Wow. thanks for all that info. He's 10 years older than me!!
I think it's cute how he brushes his teeth before every recording.

ah.. so he was raised in the states. that'll explain why his english is so good.

Friends with David Tao? cool! very talented muscian as well.

#1BoA - September 8, 2005 10:57 PM (GMT)
He does not look like he's almost turning 30......

BayByOjaH - September 9, 2005 05:08 AM (GMT)
I found some pics of him before he was famous*

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QUOTE
Valedictorian and a 1600er on the SAT, Wang Leehom had the foundation to study medicine as his dad and brother. But, his passion was music. Amidst criticism, he turned down Ivy Leagues, Yale and Princeton, to pursue music in Asia.  Although only having learned Mandarin at 18,  he still managed to write almost all the lyrics for the songs on Shangri-la.

DAMN!!

credits to soompi!

Aznality Artz - September 9, 2005 03:05 PM (GMT)
he only learned mando at 18? thatz hardly believable. lol. later learners would usually have accents where as he doesnt.

*Clover* - September 9, 2005 05:54 PM (GMT)
^CoCo Lee also learned Mandarin later on in life. I think it's due to the fact they have some overall understanding of a different language, so it wouldn't be as hard. After all, he knows some Cantonese. He does have somewhat of an advantage over others who have no experience regarding a Chinese language.

His accent may also not be expressed in his songs either since sometimes it's easier to mask the accent that way. He also may have went to Chinese school and learned some Mandarin, but he may have no included that due to the fact he wasn't fluent in it. Who knows.

Aznality Artz - September 9, 2005 06:13 PM (GMT)
^lee hom has no accent when he speaks tho, he sounds perfect. especially in the clip where him and Jay sing each others songs, in the interview he speaks just like every other native speaker.

chinese is a really complicated language. even my mother's side speak mando with a strong accent, coz they are used to their dialects. same goes for all those dialect speakers.

and yeah...mando and canto are really different in aspects of tone, i wouldnt be able to speak canto properly if i learnt it.

so u really gotta start a language at a really young age to be perfect without accents. thatz why reading about leehom learning mandarin at 18 was pretty debatable.

*Clover* - September 9, 2005 07:06 PM (GMT)
^He may just be a prodigy. But he has had the opportunity to learn a language at a very early age. My French instructor told me I didn't have an American accent with speaking French, whereas my friend who's been speaking it for nine or ten yrs. still has one. Same with Spanish, but I've been exposed to it since I was in the first grade so...I guess it depends. But I think Leehom had to learn Mandarin at least during his pre-teenage yrs. B/c certain aspects of a language [i.e. rolling your tongue in Spanish you won't learn after age eight or ten.] you can't learn as you're older.

BayByOjaH - September 11, 2005 12:31 AM (GMT)
^ ahh! I sure can't roll my R's -.-;; lol all wells

here's some Lee Hom files that were posted at z-degrees since I requested stuff there~
http://z-degrees.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=17019

dr.katrina - September 18, 2005 07:09 AM (GMT)
wow so much new lee hom info in my brain now!!
and MY GOSH he is talented!!! all the talent thats impressive!! especially all the languages lolz..
his from america wow i never knew that.. wonder how his english sounds ahaha..
thanks for all the new info.. ill go listen to his songs again..

boogarjinee - October 1, 2005 03:08 PM (GMT)
holy shat he smartie pants :)*
anyways, i just keep on keep on watching FOREVER LOVE mv. god it so cute :D too bad i can't even understand. <3

*Clover* - January 8, 2006 01:43 AM (GMT)
I just noticed the segment regarding 'perfect pitch' is completely wrong. Whomever wrote that tidbit is way off. Perfect pictch means that you can play a song by hearing just the notes. Meaning you don't need sheet music. You can also identify the notes by ear.

I can read notes, but I've also never needed sheet music. I can play by ear [or what you call 'perfect pitch']. Mwahaha.

flaming turkey - January 8, 2006 06:41 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (*Clover* @ Sep 10 2005, 03:54 AM)
^CoCo Lee also learned Mandarin later on in life. I think it's due to the fact they have some overall understanding of a different language, so it wouldn't be as hard. After all, he knows some Cantonese. He does have somewhat of an advantage over others who have no experience regarding a Chinese language.

His accent may also not be expressed in his songs either since sometimes it's easier to mask the accent that way. He also may have went to Chinese school and learned some Mandarin, but he may have no included that due to the fact he wasn't fluent in it. Who knows.

Sorry, this is my super delayed reaction response.
I think he learned Cantonese after Mandarin though, cause his Mandarin by far is better than his Cantonese. And if he did know Cantonese before hand, why? He's taiwanese, and 90% of my Taiwanese friends don't understand any cantonese at all... Sorry, I don't mean for this to sound rude, I'm just curious.

Also, some accents are relatively hard to detect unless you have a really long conversation with someone. Not to mention, dare I say, he probably had some sort of exposure to the language before hand. I doubt coming from a Taiwanese family background that no one in his family would speak any Mandarin around him. That's pretty unheard of.

Anyway, I'm always impressed by people with perfect pitch. My sister can think of a song and sing it in the exact key too. I can't do that. I have to try really hard and kind of guess. Darn it :lol:

*Clover* - January 8, 2006 06:50 AM (GMT)
^Haha, yeah. He did learn Mandarin before Cantonese (unsurprisingly since the language of Taiwan is yes, Mandarin. And most Taiwanese do not know Cantonese unless they were originally from HK). I just got that from a source, so I didn't know if it was correct or not. Supposedly he learned Mandarin at 18 and Cantonese at 23-24 yrs. of age, but I still have my doubts like you. I seriously think he was exposed to Mandarin beforehand (i.e. his family) b/c another source says he learned it in post-secondary school, meaning somewhere between middle & high school.

It's very nice to have perfect pitch. You don't need any sheet music to sing a song or play an instrument b/c my former violin teacher said I didn't need sheet music. I did the same for piano when I was younger. However, it's always wise to know how to read notes. My older brother also has perfect pitch. He can identify every note by ear as well as sing it.

I also doubt his family members only spoke in English and not Mandarin. That's pretty odd. Nearly every child that has a parent who has a diff. native language still speaks it around the house...




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