|Austin Wai in 1983 Legend of the Condor Heroes|
I read that both Kara and Austin were born into an affluent Manchurian family in northeastern China before the Cultural Revolution. Their father was the stereotypical spoiled rich boy who didn't know how to make a living and enjoyed a luxurious life with multiple concubines in his youth. The onset of the Cultural Revolution drove the family to Hong Kong and after some poor business decisions, the father lost his wealth. Having a large family to feed and without the required income, Kara and Austin's parents give them up at a young age to some stage drama schools who trained children in martial arts. They both grew up become action stars and slowly curved a name for themselves in Hong Kong entertainment industry.
After reading about Kara and Austin's rough childhood and career struggles, it further increases my respect for the older generation of actors/actresses who worked really hard to earn the success they may or may not achieved today. Sometimes I feel many celebrities nowadays get famous too quick and too easy that they feel entitled to the fame.
|A younger Austin and Kara, date unknown.|