On “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” as the host began talking about how the Smithsonian asked Wong to donate her dress to the museum, the 37-year-old actress remembered her supportive father and how he grew up in a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco’s Chinatown, working “his ass off to study and become this anesthesiologist to provide the best life possible for [her] and [her] siblings,” The Huffington Post reported.
“Even when I was struggling, he was so supportive,” Wong continued.
She went on to describe how her father would come to her “not-so-well-attended shows” to support her. And whenever she dropped a very filthy joke, she’d often announce to the audience that her father was with her.
Wong then recounted how he would stand up and wave his hands clasped together gesturing as if he had “just won the Indy 500 or conquered Mount Everest.”
The actress’ father passed away on March 31, 2011 at the age of 74, according to his obituary. Adolphus Wong, who was born in San Francisco, attended UC Berkeley and later UCSF School of Medicine. He then practiced anesthesia at Kaiser Hospital for 30 years.
“When he died, I was still struggling, and I’d think about him seeing that costume at the Smithsonian and he would probably be outside the museum every day,” Wong said.
In a different interview, one that she did with San Francisco magazine back in 2017, Wong described her father as someone who is a complete opposite of Asian stereotypes.
“He was very much not quiet, not shy, not passive. If he had to fart, he’d do it in the library. He did not care,” Wong said of her father. “He was like, ‘I don’t know these people. I’m uncomfortable and I need to let it go.’ That tension… it really stuck with me.”
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