Tom Fong, owner of the Cozy Inn restaurant in Janesville, is the son of Fang Lang, known later in life as Wing Sun Fong, one of six Chinese survivors of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Although Fong knew his father survived a shipwreck, his father never told him it was the Titanic.


Wing Sun Fong clung to life, lashed to a piece of wood paneling, a scrap of shipwreck adrift in the North Atlantic Ocean.

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The Titanic at the docks of Southampton, England, before embarking on its doomed journey across the Atlantic Ocean.


Janesville resident Tom Fong holds a photo of his father, Fang Lang, known later in life as Wing Sun Fong, who was one of six Chinese survivors rescued after the Titanic sank in 1912. A forthcoming documentary, “The Six,” tells the story of Fang Lang and the five other Chinese Titanic survivors.


Tom Fong’s father Fang Lang, left, known later in life in the U.S. as Wing Sun Fong, was one of six Chinese nationals who survived the Titanic sinking in 1912. Fifth Officer Harold Lowe, right, captained the lone lifeboat that returned and discovered Fang Lang floating on a piece of wreckage in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.


Tom Fong stands for a portrait inside his Janesville home.


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