Prior to marrying each other, both of his parents had children that they were forced to abandon amid the Chinese Civil War and World War II.
Father's true family name is Fang, and his parents adopted his mother's family name, Chan, to protect themselves from the new Communist government. His parents were reunited with their lost children through research for the documentary Traces of a Dragon: Jackie Chan and His Lost Family.
Attended the strict China Drama Academy from age 7 to 17. Students were instructed in acting, singing, martial arts and acrobatics.