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Secret shame now in the public eye

(Beijing Review)

08:58, October 21, 2011

CRAZY TEACHER: Li Yang delivers a speech at a middle school in Anhui Province on March 19 (HU WEIGUO)

On August 31, a woman using the name "Mother of Lily, Lina and Lydia" posted a picture showing her swollen forehead on her micro-blog at Weibo, one of China's most popular social media sites.

The woman, whose real name is Kim Lee, is the American wife of Li Yang, who allegedly has helped more than 20 million Chinese learn English with his books, tapes and lectures.

In the text that accompanied the pictures, Kim claimed she was being abused by Li.

On September 1, Kim posted another picture this time showing swollen knees with the words, "Don't use violence toward me in front of our children."

The revelations attracted widespread publicity and Li was condemned by the media and ordinary Chinese people. The 42-year-old English teacher, Li, is best known for his special English teaching technique, which he named "Crazy English"—a popular method of language learning that involves yelling at the top of one's lungs. Many people were astonished at the news of Li's domestic violence.

"I cannot believe it," said netizen Helenwoo. "He even held some training classes to teach parents how to educate their children. Who could imagine he would beat his wife in front of his daughters?"

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ASEAN at 2011-10-24220.255.1.*
Observer, it seems that you are a real idiot. Your conclusion that China has a long way in becoming a civilised country with attitudes that it is okay to physically assault one"s spouse prove so. Your simple analysis of a situation prove so. Which country in this world does not have domestic violence ? Only an idiot would think such a thing. You means you stay in a country that does not have any domestic violence ? May I know the country that you are living ? Since you are an idiot, please don"t come to this website. This website is means for people with intelligence and profound understanding of the world affairs. Not for an idiot like you.
PD User at 2011-10-2494.195.123.*
What a lot of rubbish! Domestic violences against women happen everyday across the world. Alcohol abuse is one of the major causes.
LovingChina at 2011-10-24183.39.46.*
This lunatic LiYang has to be locked up for psychiatric treatments before it gets dangerous to the public. By the way, this has nothing to do with civilisation and civility of Chinese men and women nor China"s civilisation. Perhaps, ‘observer’ had not lived long enough in a western world to justify what being observed or read about assaults of spouses in the all white and black dominated nations where conditions for filing of divorces are far higher than it could imagine. Of course, it is equally shameful and disgraceful to note that quite a number of local Chinese women weren"t able to differentiate foreigners between mid-easterners and westerners (* just because these guys carried some USD or foreign notes *). It is hoped that CPC"s new cultural drive can fix a portion of such naivety & mental illnesses, at least!
Observer at 2011-10-24203.177.74.*
China has long way in becoming a civilized country with attitudes that it is okay to physically assault ones spouse. My friends say they like Americans because they think Chinese women are pretty while Chinese men think they are ugly. Only an idiot would think such a thing.

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