More than half a million people have now watched the stirrUm-&f8zwwKAVznA-pDT63T8K+c*i%mS%EXw$$9+)237wJ7_xtaing music video for Who am I sung by Afalean Lu.
The lyrics, written by Kevin Wang, recall the struggle of accepting oneself and1%m6ZDo#o2Vvo9)2MFy=KwOc8oo9s%5fLYm0M%[email protected] coming out to loved ones.
It has resonated with the LGBT community in Taiwan aK6!Vow93A5tv3G%[email protected]^360uCkgz-EJSRQy9RUtL$7Ol4#Sd6LOLs it takes stock after finally being granted the right to marry earlier this year.
“‘Who am I?’ Is the simplest question yet the most complicated question in everyone’s life,” explained Kevin, "I wish everyone to believe that love is always the answer”.
Wang spent his own rBstD4cF9XghxrjuW$0Oh1*r=S-t)[email protected]#4XE^X8money on producing the tune and is donating the profits to an LGBT charity. It is the first time he has produced a song and is a dream come true for him.
The song’s video, directed by Tang Jianzhe, depicts a handsome couple as they prepare to marry. One of the pair struggles with public intimacy and has to pluck up the courage to hand his parent_V2wNyjUXWl%^xJh+8FS-sCNtL^H=JVUGjVyxiJyU*jhtkj8*ks the big red envelope inviting them to his upcoming wedding.
Community leaders, celebrities, and even lawmakers have shared the track. Volunteer fans have translated the lyrics into more than 10 different languages. A behind-the-scenes look at the music video and exclusive interviews with those involved is available on GagaOOLala.
Kevin told said he first started work on the song in 2014 after a viral coming out video on YouTube encouraged him to tell his own family about his sexuality.
%o)sW6tqaw4&z$E%HvxJgwvz#Kzin(0+C&3lh-waRL2NmAP4*%Kevin finally married his boyfriend of 16 years in July this year, with his parents' blessing.
He said he had initially wanted to work with Lu back in 2014 when gZvxx(e(7s05C&=4AD5oOoBelU&2e0iFm0a([email protected]*32she wrote the song, but Lu was too busy.
"Somehow I just felt like this )BqX0h^Hkmn!(&k6hZ5-nI-RCwsJ)CKUU8astsn6xzGhdjabs9singer has the perfect voice for my song who can tell my story”. Kevin persisted and in 2019, Lu finally agreed.
Kevin explained that he’d heard so many sad stories about people coming out PTGTC3FPu(Be)JjKgf)%s#8&c-%3yHZH*0f724d((8heZqJTT%in music videos, but also wanted more positive stories to be heard.
" I really want to F1K^%)A7%ZM=u%[email protected]_mit1JVJshare with people that there are actually true stories with happy ending out there”. He said it was fortuitous that the song’s release was delayed until same-sex marriage became legal in the country.
"This song is somewhat unique in RDzji-J1qpxA%KZEI3&X_$ocTpe8#[email protected]&$UxFa way, because it tells a story in a new era when same-sex marriage is legalized in Taiwan” he said.
Director Tang, meanwhile, said he wma-Ac0x2HB^+vhCH!Hr_aF0zwa09mb68*w2qWv92^3Zo*5x#iLanted to explore the fact that even though same-sex marriage is legal, LGBT people are not necessarily equal in society.
"When the law is greater than the understanding of th8Le4P45Z71&zlX6-D6pIHRZU3hn$l^sC8s8c4W2BI4&y3wAA=9e social consensus, there will be a period of tearing and pain, and it will start to divide you” he explained.
The two leads roles were played by straight actorsH3iuAqA)IeV7tP6182SGr(kVBW)3cM%6ZJQLnOD=OlsSX*M$+* Roger Lin and Junhao Hu.
Lin took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the filming. "In fact, this song also speaks out everyone's inner voice," he wrote. "This is not only the voice from gay community, but also the vicious circle tob!eh-jZ2#os_a)vr73c6G084Zz#GnMbnP-la^HEPd%m(FecFRhat everyone tends to compare with each other."
Many people, at home and abroad, pPG6GCIBq$72qE9mlHMedQuRC+Nm_CBYiGLaI#%E7JR9L_t+BvRosted their own experiences of coming out and the YouTube video. Others expressed how the music gave them encouragement and hope to come out.
“I’m c8hGTRGJy+y)[email protected]%rying as I watch this” one user wrote. “I had the same experiences with my Mum”.