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'I'm not a hero. I just want a quiet life'

By Cao Yin (China Daily)

08:14, January 20, 2012

Kim Lee, who is going through a very public divorce from Li Yang, founder of the Crazy English language institute, says she has received great support and encouragement from most Chinese people for speaking out against domestic violence. In the foreground is the cover of a book she wrote with her husband. (China Daily/Feng Yongbin)

BEIJING - "I'm much stronger now, don't you think?" said Kim Lee, flexing her arm and smiling. We had bumped into each other in the elevator to her lawyer's office, where we had arranged to sit down for our interview.

I have met Lee twice before; the first time just a short while after she made headlines by posting on her micro blog pictures of bloody head injuries allegedly inflicted by her husband, Li Yang, a well-known entrepreneur.

She was right. She looked a lot better, more relaxed and confident, and far less tired.

The 40-year-old has had a turbulent six months and is going through a very public divorce from Li (the first hearing was on Dec 15). Yet, as she chatted about the Christmas she had just spent with her three children back in her native Florida, it seems she has had a chance to recharge her batteries and think about the future.

"I want to change my environment, maybe work in Guangzhou or Zhuhai (both in Guangdong province)," she said, as we walked into a small, sixth-floor office in a tall building next to the East Fourth Ring Road. "Some educational institutions have invited me already. Maybe I'll teach in a winter camp, too."

You could say education is Lee's family business. Her mother was a teacher and, before she met Li Yang, founder of the Crazy English language school, in 1999, she had spent almost a decade working at schools in the United States. She also home-schooled her three daughters, now aged 9, 5 and 3.

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