July 14, 2008

#21 Wang Leehom

In a country as diverse as Malaysia, it is difficult to identify a celebrity that is multilaterally loved by all. However, Wang Leehom is that one such artist who transcends race, religion and language.

Wang Leehom is an American Born Chinese (ABC) singer/actor who first found fame in Taiwan before whipping the whole of Asia into a fanatic frenzy. His forte is music that evokes heartwrenching emotions and oozes overwrought sentimentality which appeals immensely to Asians. Although his credentials merit the adulation he receives, we must examine why Malaysians adore him.

Firstly, he is an Asian who was raised in the States and has Western influences in his craft. He therefore embodies the Malaysian dream of growing up abroad, being Westernized and having a foreign education. This also earns him points with non-Chinese Malaysians who can't relate to other Taiwanese artists like Jay Chou. Secondly, Malaysia has been one of his most frequent concert sites which only serves to endear him more to Malaysians. But the most redeeming factors are his highly lauded 2004 duet with local songbird Siti Nurhaliza and the fact that he filmed the Ang Lee helmed movie; "Lust, Caution" in Ipoh, Malaysia. These events gave Malaysians reasons to be proud of the country (and relate it to themselves).

Wang Leehom's influence is such that his face can not only be seen on pirated CDs/DVDs and kitschy memorabilia, but his voice is also channeled through ardent karaoke practitioners throughout the country (for critical evidence of this, click here).

20 comments:

Suz said...

not to forget that he's a good looking singer with a hot bod *sparkly eyes* =D

Klaw said...

I gotta say that he's one of the better looking ones out there.

And I will never click a youtube link that happens within 10 words of the word "karaoke" :P

B.H. said...

Suz: Really? I thought things like that don't matter to modern & educated women these days. Isn't it all about the talent?

Mr. Law: I beseech you to click. The video provides strong justification of my case.

If you don't watch it I will be forced to repost it in my following 10 topics.


Yours sincerely,

B.H.

hyperX said...

Lee hom is been quiet lately. I'm waiting his next album. Anyway, he was so so in Lust:Caution. I'm a big fan of Jay Chou but I do support Lee Hom too.

eyeris said...

here's a suggestion for a future post - Hard Rock Cafe. I'm now in Holland with two idiots who spent most of our time in Amsterdam yesterday looking for Hard Rock Cafe so they could buy T-shirts. -_-"""

B.H. said...

Hyperx- Thanks for your feedback

Eyeris- That is very much ironic and contradictary to the spirit of rock. Isn't it sad that rock has been reduced to silly consumerism pursuits? No wonder they came up with those "I went to ___ and all I got was this lousy tshirt" tees. Thanks for the insight.
Now could you please bring us back some of those special brownies?

B.H.

Suz said...

well..not like i judge base on his appearance alone. but having good looks helps in the entertainment industry. plus he's talented, plays the piano and violin. its a package thing.

DiEsE said...

Wang Lee who?!? ;p

kinachan said...
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kinachan said...

lee hom rock!!!dont say something bad about him if u r nobody!

Xpax Ignites Lee Hom Music Man Live in KL said...

Win 2 tickets to catch Lee Hom Live in KL!!

To all Malaysian fans of Lee Hom! If you're between 18-25 years of age, you stand a chance to win 2 tickets to catch Lee Hom Music Man Live in KL with U.O.X. Check out www.uox.com.my to find out how to win these exclusive tickets worth RM198 each!

Plus, be a fan of Xpax on Facebook and get the latest info on Lee Hom's concert LIVE in KL as well as exclusive concert ticket deals!

Check us out on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Xpax/61082712790?ref=ts and be a fan!

Xpax Ignites Lee Hom Music Man Live in KL said...

Hi everybody!I found this promotion for Lee Hom fans! All of you who want to go his concert in KL!!

Xpax customers can enjoy either 30% off tickets priced at RM198 or 15% off tickets priced at RM88, RM138, RM268, RM318, RM398.

Here's what you need to do:

1. Type REGLEEHOM and send to 28881 (free)

2. Upon receiving confirmation SMS, reload RM30 or more and receive a mobile voucher.

3. Present the mobile voucher at any Galaxy outlet in Midvalley Megamall or Sungai Wang Plaza to enjoy up to 30% discount on ticket prices.

Miss Lily said...

Just heard bout this video contest for Lee Hom. Winner gets a pair of tickets to watch Lee Hom live in KL this coming 2nd May 2009. Sounds pretty cool. You guys can check it out on http://www.channelx.com.my/mdp/leehom.jsp

Kerry <3 Lee Hom said...

I found this promo for help all the Lee Hom fans to get free tixs!!!

Lee Hom's coming back to KL to perform this 2nd May 2009 at the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil and Xpax has a bunch of exciting deals for you!

Get up to 30% discount on concert tickets as an Xpax customer by typing REGLEEHOM and sending it to 28881. For more details check out http://www.celcom.com.my/cep/promotions/xpax/leehom-live/index.html

In addition, U.O.X. and S.O.X. customers can stand a chance to win 2 tickets to Lee Hom's concert by typing REGFREETIX to 28881. Get all the details on http://www.uox.com.my/uoxcentral/html/lee_hom_uox.html

And, if you're a die-hard fan of Lee Hom, show us how crazy you are about him by submitting your best and most original rendition of any Lee Hom song and send it to MeTV by April 25 2009! The best video submission will win 2 tickets to Lee Hom's concert. Check out the contest site on http://www.channelx.com.my/mdp/leehom.jsp

lets enjoy his music together!!!

Yan said...

Just saw some pics from Lee Hom's Showcase at Solaris Mont Kiara on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=86700&id=61082712790&ref=mf&nctrct=1239337339865#/pages/Xpax/61082712790

leng cai...

Anonymous said...

9 more days until Lee Hom MeTV contest ends! C'mon guys, send in those vids ya! Check it out on http://www.channelx.com.my/mdp/leehom.jsp

And the Xpax ticket discount offers are still on! I've got mine already. You can get up to 30% discount!

eliza said...

Hey everyone... Xpax is having a contest for Lee Hom fans to win tix to go see his concert here in KL. From what I understand, all you have to do is record a video of yourself or a friend singing any Lee Hom songs or a pic of you dressing up like Lee Hom and then upload the video/pic to MeTV and then you will be in the running to win two RM198 tix.
To submit ur video or pic, type MUSIC MAN and send it via MMS to 26388.
All of you who are interested have to hurry up coz only got 4 days left!!! Contest closing date is 25 April 2009! SO FASTER SEND IN YOUR VIDEOS!!!

Eggy said...

MeTV
Hey everyone... Xpax is having a contest for Lee Hom fans to win tix to go see his concert here in KL. From what I understand, all you have to do is record a video of yourself or a friend singing any Lee Hom songs or a pic of you dressing up like Lee Hom and then upload the video/pic to MeTV and then you will be in the running to win two RM198 tix.
To submit ur video or pic, type MUSIC MAN and send it via MMS to 26388.
All of you who are interested have to hurry up coz only got 1 day left!!! Contest closing date is 25 April 2009! SO FASTER SEND IN YOUR VIDEOS!!!

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