“当David Tang(邓永锵) 的女儿，当然是有不少好处的。”
“艾未未在遭逮捕前的两个星期，我去拍摄他的照片。可是，艾未未刚开始对我不是太在乎，直到我告诉他我爸爸是谁，他才把我当真。有的人就是那样肤浅的。”(Some people are shallow like that.)”
“我严于厉己。我要向客户证实，虽然我是David Tang(邓永锵) 的女儿，把时间花给我还是值得的。”
10）每一次我到他家去吃饭，总会有些什么名人，像Naomi Campbell （时尚界明模娜奥美金宝）或某个公爵。爸爸看来不怎么当它一回事，但是过后他又总会自夸。
Victoria, 26, graphic designer and photographer
Growing up, I believed I was completely different from my dad. Only in the past year or so have I learnt to relate to him, and I treasure it when I do find bits and pieces of him in me. When I was young, he was always in the car, on the phone, flying… I used to think: “Oh, I wish Daddy was here!” I thought he had no time for me so I didn’t want to bother him with the small details of my life.
Our family is famous in Hong Kong. Teachers always spoilt us and I was embarrassed by the attention. Classmates whispered around me, and when “friends” came to my house, they’d play with my toys, not with me. When my parents divorced I went to school and found cuttings about it stuck to the blackboard. I kept this to myself.
My teenage years were a cloudy time for me. Dad is a typical Chinese parent, always lecturing us: “You must read that, do this, want to be something.” I found reading kind of boring and didn’t know what I wanted to do. I argued with him all the time. I became rebellious and even trained as a pop star once to move away from being David Tang’s daughter. I wanted to make it on my own. He never had time for me, he never came to my birthday parties.
The few times Dad did pick us up from school, he’d be in a floor-length Shanghai Tang gown, waving from an open-top Bentley. I’d think, Oh my God!
Finally, when I turned 21, I spoke to him about it. I let it out, and he sat there and listened. It’s only now that I see how stupid I was and appreciate how brilliant my dad really is. He is very sweet, romantic. On the outside he is very strong and shouty, yet when he’s hit very hard he will show emotion. The first time I saw him cry was when he explained to us that we wouldn’t be seeing much of him any more after the divorce. I remember we were sat on his lap, one on each side.
When he’s not working, he’s still always doing something. Once, I caught him watching magic videos. I asked him what he was doing, and he said he’d show me later. He is really good at card tricks and never reveals how they’re done. We beg and beg, but he says: “Magic is magic.”
Dad is enjoying life, and constantly recreating himself. He doesn’t care what other people think. On the few occasions he did pick us up from school, he’d be in a floor-length Shanghai Tang gown, waving from an open-top Bentley. I just thought: “Oh my God!”
The company he keeps is unpredictable and he’s interested in things you wouldn’t imagine. We bonded over watching X Factor together, for example. Whenever I arrive at his house for dinner, Naomi Campbell or some duke will be there, and he’s so casual about it, though he likes to brag afterwards.
I am lucky I can do whatever I like, and I’m good at what I do. I’m very tough on myself as I want to prove to clients that, although I’m David Tang’s daughter, I am worth their time. There are advantages to being his daughter, too. I photographed Ai Weiwei two weeks before he was detained, and he didn’t take me seriously until I told him who my dad was. Some people are shallow like that. Many photographers never get a break.
I have so many doors open to me. I am really proud of who I am now, and have “TANG” stencilled all over my suitcases. Although I always disagreed with my dad in the past, I realise I share his outlook on life. The only thing I find annoying now is how much he enjoys saying: “Told you so!”.