Crazy English

'Crazy English' guru's wife Kim Lee granted 12m yuan in divorce

Crazy English founder Li Yang and his ex-wife Kim Lee.

The divorce proceedings lasted more than a year, and the Chaoyang District People's Court in Beijing also awarded Lee an additional 50,000 yuan for mental anguish she endured in the abusive marriage. Li will also have to pay 100,000 yuan in annual child support for each of his three daughters, with their mother granted custody.

Monday, 4 February, 2013, 8:26am 2 comments

Crazy for loving you

If you see the building in Shenzhen festooned with the intriguing words 'Lie Fallow Agora', you may wonder what it means. One day I finally looked at the Chinese characters. But of course! Lie fallow: not working, nothing to do, leisure. Agora: agoraphobia, fear of open places, from the Greek for marketplace. It simply means 'leisure market' and the place is, indeed, a huge massage parlour.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Abused wife of language guru demands a divorce

The wife of Li Yang, the mainland celebrity English language teacher behind the Crazy English learning syndicate, has filed for divorce at the Chaoyang District People's Court, citing domestic violence.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Language guru admits violence

Li Yang, China's charismatic teacher of English, apologised on his micro-blogging account at the weekend after his American wife posted a string of pictures and comments alleging domestic violence.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

A crazy English man?

Demagogues come in all shapes and sizes. The emergence of Li Yang, the famed founder of Crazy English, as a would-be dictator has been the talk of the mainland in recent weeks. Last month, Mr Li published a photo on his blog of 3,000 of his students kneeling before him at the opening of a Crazy English Learning Centre in Inner Mongolia.

3 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

'Demigod' Li earns grudging respect from critics

By any standard, Crazy English is a huge success on the mainland. Anywhere from 1,000 to 30,000 people turn up at venues such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall for a chance to yell with Li Yang, who takes to the stage shouting things like 'No pain, no gain', with rock and rap music playing in the background. The audiences can't seem to get enough.

23 Jun 2005 - 12:00am