A walk down memory lane… wow, I had forgotten how gorgeous he is!
Let me begin in the mid-80s. Oops, showing my age. I was a teenager, born and bred South East Asian and exposed to British and America pop music culture. Even then, I had a fascination with rock, soul and jazz and as I recall, a growing interest in musical theatre. My idea of ‘Western’ life is taken from predominantly American movies and television series, and Hollywood at that. Rather skewed, I know. 🙂 And I digress.
Anyhow, amidst the ‘hunks’ of ‘the West’, I ‘fell in love’ with a singer from Taiwan called Fei Xiang. Now Fei Xiang is born of an American father and a Taiwanese mother. He chose to establish his singing career in Asia, lucky me! What’s so attractive about Fei Xiang? His looks first and foremost. Yes, I was a shallow hormone-riddled teenage girl!
Here is a 6’ 3” man (not many Asian man of that height, by the way) who looks Chinese but blue-eyed,chiseled angular face. Yes, I have a thing for tall men. And his physique, yum. So he’s not ‘tall, dark and handsome’ but 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, right? 🙂
And he sang ballads, Chinese love ballads. So he crooned and I swooned!
Fei Xiang (real name is Kris Phillips) is now 54 years old and still looking hot (well, I think so but my children disagree). There is a reason for him being called “the sexiest Chinese man” by the New Yorker. Oh, he IS a New Yorker.
Decide for yourself.
Beyond his incredible singing career in Asia, Fei Xiang was also a star on stage – starring in many of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals all over the world. A private man, his distinct voice, intelligence and humility have sustained him in a career that has spanned more than 30 years.
I’m rambling I know but it’s been awhile since I even thought of Fei Xiang until today, when a fluke landed me on a youtube clip of his performance with Elaine Page.
Here it is, hope you enjoy!
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