Birth Name: Ang Lee
Birth Place: Chaozhou, Pingtung, TW
Born on Oct. 23, 1954 in Chaozhou, Pingtung, Taiwan, Lee was raised in a home where his scholar parents emphasized education. Before living in Taiwan, his parents had fled their home in China following his paternal grandparents' execution for being landowners during the Communist revolution that led to the Chinese Nationalists' defeat after the Chinese Civil War in 1949. While in Taiwan, Lee completed a mandatory two-year stint with the Chinese military before attending the Taiwan Academy of Art, where he studied acting. In 1978, he left Taiwan to attend college in the United States. He first matriculated at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine...
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