Li Yang

'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

Quest for hermitage spawns educational scheme in Yunnan

Li Yang

Growing up in Beijing, Li Yang was first drawn to the romantic idea of living like a hermit in the picturesque mountains of southwestern Yunnan , on the border with Myanmar. But chasing the dream opened another door for Li, now 30, and her husband, Dutch artist and linguist Dr Anton Lustig.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:36am

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

Who said it?

Mid-Autumn is supposed to be a day for family gathering and reunion. But many people nowadays choose to go on holiday instead

Simon Wong Ka-wo, Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades

The memory of that morning is fresh and so is the pain. America shares your grief. The United States will never forget

12 Sep 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

U-turn surprises migrant schools

For the first time in 13 years, Yuhong School in the town of Xihongmen in Beijing's Daxing district did not hold a welcoming ceremony for pupils on the first day of the school year, on Thursday.

Late into the morning, teachers were still scrambling to fix broken stools and look for extra desks to accommodate late enrolments.

3 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Blind Mountain

Starring: Huang Lu, Yang Youan, Zhang Yuling, He Yunle

Director: Li Yang

Category: IIB (Putonghua)

Stark, grim, and utterly engrossing, Blind Mountain sheds light on one of the darkest corners of Chinese society, and does so with such skill that it's sometimes hard to believe it's a movie and not reality.

25 Oct 2007 - 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

Humanity lost

No one knows how many thousands of women on the mainland have been abducted, raped, beaten, enslaved and sometimes literally chained to their stoves. In a money-dominated society, young women are often traded like stolen treasure. Baby girls are abandoned with less care than an unwanted pet.

13 May 2007 - 12:00am

Crazy but 'best' way to learn English

Practise, practise and practise was the best and only way to learn a language, according to a linguist who has stormed the mainland over the past 10 years.

20 Jul 2000 - 12:00am