Biography[edit | edit source]
Early life[edit | edit source]
Fang was born around 1894 in China. He travelling to New York City with eight colleagues from the Donaldson Line's Annetta. He was a seaman, more specifically, a fireman.
Aboard the Titanic[edit | edit source]
While it has been alleged that some or all were stowaways on the Titanic; in fact, all eight boarded the Titanic at Southampton as fare-paying third-class passengers. Lee Bing, Chang Chip, Choong Foo, Ling Hee, Ali Lam, Len Lam, Fang Lang and Lee Ling travelled together on the same ticket (ticket number 1601, £56 9s 11d).
Fang Lang was pulled out from the freezing water when 5th Officer Lowe took Lifeboat 14 came back to pick up survivors. Fang Lang was one of the only few people to be survived from the freezing water.
Six, out of eight Chinese passengers was rescued. Fang was one among them.
Later life and death[edit | edit source]
Once the six survivors arrived in New York, they were detained, placed under guard by U.S. Immigration officers, and immediately escorted to the Annetta, which sailed the next day for Cuba.
They worked together in Britain until 1920, when the country suffered from a post-war recession and anti-immigrant feelings were running high.
Fang Lang later married and has a son, Tom Fong, and became a citizen of US, the country that once rejected him after sailing between Britain and Hong Kong for years.
He never talked about the Titanic to his family and is believed to have died in 1985 at the age of 90.
In popular culture[edit | edit source]
Fang Lang appears as a possible cameo in Titanic (1997), portrayed by Van Ling. He appears in some third-class scenes. During the sinking, Fang Lang, Jack, Rose, Fabrizio, Tommy and some third-class passengers broke one of the gates so they could go to the upper deck.
The Six (2021)[edit | edit source]
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