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Li-Young Lee has a fascinating family history. Lee's maternal grandfather was the first president of the Republic of China. His father, however, came from a family of businessmen and gangsters. During the Chinese Civil War, Lee's father was attached to a nationalist general who switched sides, which resulted in Dr. Lee becoming the personal physician to Mao Tse-tung for a brief time.

Li-Young Lee was born after the war when his family had moved to Indonesia. While Lee was still a toddler, his father was jailed for political reasons for nearly two years. When he was eventually released, the family moved about for a while. In Hong Kong Lee's father became a hugely successful evangelical preacher and businessman.

Lee's father was an emotional man and, after an argument, he dropped everything and left with his family, finally settling in the United States, where Dr. Lee became the minister of a small church in Pennsylvania.

Li-Young Lee grew up in the US and studied at the University of Pittsburgh. He currently lives in Chicago.

Poems by Li-Young Lee

Recommended Books: Li-Young Lee

Book of My Nights Rose The City in Which I Love You Behind My Eyes: Poems

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Li-Young Lee | poetry archive |

Several poems online.

Poet: Li-Young Lee

Many poems by Li-Young Lee.


Brief biography and family history of Li-Young Lee.

Heath Anthology of American Literature - Li-Young Lee

Short bio, bibliography, some links.

Li-Young Lee: notes on his reading of some poems

Interesting student notes on Lee and his answers to some questions.

Li-Young Lee

Several good links to biographies and poetry online.
Li-Young Lee