Li-Young Lee Biography | Author of For a Citizen of These United States

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Li-Young Lee was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1957. His parents were Chinese and were well educated and influential in their native country. Lee's father was Mao Zedong's personal physician while the family lived in China, and his mother was a descendant of China's provisional president, Yuan Shikai, elected in 1912 when the nation was in transition from a monarchy to a republic. The Indonesian government imprisoned Lee's father not long after Li- Young's birth. The older Lee's interest in Western culture did not sit well with the Southeast Asian leaders— he enjoyed opera, Shakespeare, the philosophical writings of Kierkegaard, and the Christian Bible. In 1959, Li-Young's father escaped from prison and fled Indonesia with his family. They spent the next five years traveling throughout Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan before moving to the United States, where they settled in Pennsylvania in 1964. Eventually, Lee's father studied theology at a seminary in...

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