“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2015: Interview 9 – Sean Wang, 28, China

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2015! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2015 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our ninth “30 For 30″ 2015 Dad is Sean Wang from China.

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The Dad Bio

My name is Sean and my wife Jing and I are currently running an online toy shop called SJ Toys Zone. I am a father of one son and one daughter, and as both Jing and I have no relatives or family members here in Australia, so our small family means a lot to us. Sometimes juggling between business and family can be quite challenging, but I still enjoy it. After a long day’s work, seeing both kids running to me when I get home is the best thing ever.

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1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

I think the best thing being a dad is being successful in building and growing my own small family. To see my kids growing up -from birth to first steps to seeing them pick up their first word – and being part of their life’s journey is an amazing experience.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

My dad has always treated my mum with respect, that’s for sure. I have never seen my dad used any violence against my mum, so this sort of thing was never in my environment while I was growing up so it was never an issue in our family.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

I think in most cases violence against women happens within marriage, so I will talk about domestic violence. Trying to prevent the violence won’t be easy – we have to find the root problems and fix it. Digging deeper to solve the root issue is important, and learning how to love and how to build up a marriage is a life-long journey that needs attention and is definitely worth the effort.

In general, I believe that just saying “stop being violent against women” is not good enough to stop domestic violence. As husbands, we should love our wives and be willing to sacrifice for them, like Christ for the church. Love is patient and kind. With sufficient love, we will have more patience to communicate better, and this is very important in preventing us from taking extreme actions during relationship conflicts.