“I would say goodbye to her, close the door and then burst into tears,” says Ian Fang as he recalls how his last few meetings with his late grandmother, who passed away in Shanghai earlier this month at 89, would end.
The 29-year-old actor tells 8days.sg that he has been “working to numb himself [from the pain]” as he was very close to her. His parents divorced when he was four, and he was raised by his grandmother, who he describes as a “typical traditional Chinese woman who doesn’t show her emotions”. In a touching Instagram post dedicated to his grandma, he also revealed that because he is not in contact with his father, he had taken his mum's surname, which is why he calls his granny 'nai nai' instead of 'wai po'. (FYI: Chinese kids typically call their father's mother 'nai nai' and their mum's mother 'wai po'.)