It all started out when Anthony spoke to the BBC Chinese in a video about his search for his father and how important it was for him to find out more about the man responsible for his biracial identity.
The 56 year-old, as many familiar with the Hong Kong entertainment industry would know, was a big critique of the Hong Kong film industry and has spoken out about the discriminatory treatment he faced as a biracial actor in the 1960s.
So, when Anthony posted a photo of his father and mother asking for information about his father, the kind people of the Internet decided to help him — through Facebook.
Thanks to some help from friends, Anthony was able to uncover a little more about his father and posted whatever information he had on Facebook.
His viral post soon attracted the son of one of his half-brothers, John William Perry. John’s son, Matt commented on Anthony’s post and soon, John and his twin brother, David, were planning their trip to Hong Kong to meet with Anthony.
On March 20 2018, Anthony finally met his two long-lost twin brothers.
The BBC trailed the brothers as they held their reunion. The three immediately hit it off and bonded over beers. They were soon sharing photo albums and exchanging stories with each other.
As it turns out, Anthony’s father, Frederick William Perry, arrived in Hong Kong from Britain as part of the air force unit together with his wife, daughter and twin sons. A few years upon arriving, Frederick’s wife, daughter and sons went back to the UK while Frederick stayed in Hong Kong.
Some time after that, Frederick met Anthony’s mother and the two had Anthony in 1961.
When Anthony turned four, his father left the family and moved to Australia to be with his other family.
Anthony and his father would exchange letters but their relationship soon fizzled out when Anthony stopped receiving letters.
His father eventually passed away in 1988.
Throughout this, Frederick’s family in Australia was unaware of his second family.
In the video, one of Anthony’s brothers, David, admitted that he would have liked to have known about his brother long ago.
All three believe that their father would have been very happy with the reunion, however.
Anthony did say though, that his mother could not give him a clear response when he told her about how he found his long-lost brothers and father. “I was helping her eat and during dinner, I told her I found my father. She stopped eating for a while,” Anthony told the BBC, “Then I told her, ‘I’m not leaving you. I’ll still be here’, and she carried on eating.”
After spending several days in Hong Kong, John and David were headed back to Australia but invited Anthony to visit any time.
In his latest Facebook post, it seems that Anthony did in fact accept the offer to visit the rest of his family.
Watch the heartwarming video of Anthony and his brothers from the BBC below:
All photos from Anthony Wong’s Facebook page.