More than half a million people have now watched the stirring musiLJYSE!WwwUKb3TW8PCx&_L(wGo#djetfSt&9HVWJQ$=qZw09cMc video for Who am I sung by Afalean Lu.
The lyrics, written by Kevin Wang, r-bW97x)IgR4ka3BMBo9KVeg7Pcq&DVbrRqoLQ3hibDzRy&O$qnecall the struggle of accepting oneself and coming out to loved ones.
It has reS(Mt8K1-([email protected]#efd5nLx6xESLTB^YpQ#18Z=s5_Wcr%jeV0sonated with the LGBT community in Taiwan as 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 money on producing the tune and is 03J9Kz!i*lRNmB)5B^jfE=9k=VVz0LS4v)-G_^P)0NIzXLgPGudonating 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 coT9H)vg$G4+*gmD_0v34rrJajL^XDsDagUHxrkO4ylt3Mhu*ELNuple as they prepare to marry. One of the pair struggles with public intimacy and has to pluck up the courage to hand his parents 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.
Kevin finally married his boyfriend of 16 years in July this year, with his paJjnDXSg([email protected]**VnlCmVevPCa9EC6LTJQsa=ySUhQ96pJ)DK6aiFrents' blessing.
He saS=+sSyD^#EW-Rj52A5J3!w7F177Qq*3!AR8qabuAl!C)eWDDZ5id he had initially wanted to work with Lu back in 2014 when he wrote the song, but Lu was too busy.
"Somehow I just felt like thiszHr82W)[email protected])zXDtmEVV#XM6vS%y4Ub singer 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 in music videos, but also wa=jJ02zE&zTJEZGM-H2UBdcfJen9DwG!C)5xrG*[email protected]nted more positive stories to be heard.
" I really want to share with people that there are actually true stories with happy ending out there”. He said it was fortuitous tUnm+&Z$0kSUJ_p^ZvFNCpD(2S5^FL8qEpY8TQfBfGFtCXgyb4Zhat the song’s release was delayed until same-sex marriage became legal in the country.
"This song is somewhat unique in a way, because it tells a story in a new era when same-sex marriage is legalized in TaW3gu#Nz6w)+x%P)[email protected]+gI8c7c7d^r5WYEp5JywCQBId30D^e8d(iwan” he said.
Director Tang, meanwhile, said he wa!zmTFYXOPsd#B)LkW8R%TZmNML!DwTrvA83chMoliexfJKNIgInted to explore the fact that even though same-sex marriage is legal, LGBT people are not necessarily equal in society.
"When the law is greater than the understanding of the socipBtUj%RVxr5!C0iwXcf#LrzNudl06qN+8IBPdFdaW!-+nRXIXqal consensus, there will be a period of tearing and pain, and it will start to divide you” he explained.
The two leads roles were played by straight actors Roger Lin and Junhao+_WFnge5d)E#edHRMxzz+_Bb+PGUYzE)IU*-fUEX1Lb1VF+BM= Hu.
Lin took to Instagram to share his thoughts on thez2#BvrqDH(hk_zKqkScz$Z)e^I-^3!IRJP%%[email protected]_+WV(tWbX 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 that everyone tends to compare with each other."
Many people, at home and abroad, posted their own experiences of coming out and the YouTu[email protected]_(jAE0%[email protected]%J=JnWn7dD$qzE8DRa3KLO&BTbe video. Others expressed how the music gave them encouragement and hope to come out.
“I’m crying as I watch this” one user wrote. “I had the same experienc8e!I=0w)s1$jHBjefADf&KvjULrjoS9MMJr(4jkOiIs#17PmxKes with my Mum”.