I was born in 1980 in Guangzhou to a family of three. My father is a government official. From him, I learned to be concerned about social issues. My mother, thanks to her traumatic childhood, can easily come up with the worst-case scenario for everything. My albums have been doing better ever since I stopped writing my own songs. Ending the day with only a “thank you” is really hard. My prayers usually consist of a wish list I want God to deliver. A career is like insurance – you pay, pay, pay without getting anything back for a long time. If my song “Ardently Love” came out a few years earlier, people would have thought, “Why is that pathetic virgin singing about sex?” I’ve been a reporter and a radio show host. This experience taught me that the only way to stop a reporter from making stuff up is to say something funny enough to read. If you want to get anything done, talk to the boss – that’s how it works in China. In Hong Kong, if you bypass the team and talk directly to the boss, you have a big problem. Mainlanders like Hong Kong not because it is full of gold –- it’s obvious that the biggest market is in mainland China. Mainlanders like Hong Kong because there are so many successful people here. You can easily imagine becoming one of them some day. That‘s what makes Hong Kong so charming. Either you can refine someone’s skill by investing a lot of resources in that person – or you can wait for the bad economy to motivate people to become the fittest. Quality of life isn't an issue when everybody is equal. Now everyone is talking about it because some people are richer than others. It is unimaginable we can nickname our chief executive “Bowtie Tsang.” Is it lack of respect or freedom of speech? In China, everyone is supposed to stop whatever they are doing when they hear the national anthem. Here, nobody does anything except turn it off. Being nationalistic makes you feel like a brainwashed Communist here. People stereotype us as being brainwashed by the government. But be it the Cultural Revolution, or the June 4 massacre, we have a pretty good idea that our leaders are not gods. There were mistakes – and we paid for it. Desires make us the most horrifying creatures. Animals fight fiercely for their basic survival: food and safety. Humans are different: we fight for fame, power, money – an unending list of desires. China had to rely on itself when growing up. Hong Kong had Britain; South Korea had the States. China had nobody – and you have to appreciate that, because we are making our way on the international scene. When it comes to a government’s decision, I don’t think ordinary people like you and me are informed enough to understand or criticize it. Things are much more complicated than they look. I don’t have much fame or money – but I have time. For me, there are so many possibilities. Maybe I'll become a politician.