Li Yang and Kim Lee in happier times.
Following several days of silence after his wife Kim Lee accused him of domestic violence, Li Yang of Crazy English is now back in top form, going on a media junket to repair his tarnished reputation, even as he’s supposedly receiving professional help. But we’re getting very mixed messages about how penitent the dude truly is. We leave you to make up your own minds about what sort of a man he is with these few quotes from the Chinese press:
From Global Times:
“She ruined my career and my image, which I have spent 20 years building… But, I was afraid of saying something stupid that I would regret my whole life. So I chose to cool down and continue my work instead of facing it.”
From China Daily:
“Our problem involves character and cultural differences, which are difficult to solve through counseling… The conflicts snowballed. I hit her sometimes but I never thought she would make it public since it’s not Chinese tradition to expose family conflicts to outsiders. But I still respect her for raising three girls on her own and for her passion for her students.”
From Shanghai Daily:
“I was in a rage and I wanted to die with my wife. I charged to her, pushed her down and knocked her head against the floor several times… At the time I was probably semi-conscious.”
“A husband beating his own wife cannot be called a problem, some of my friends have told me. Many Chinese people think the same and they prefer to keep silent because they believe it is simply family business not to be disclosed.”
“I hope I can be a negative example warning people of the seriousness of domestic violence and persuading them to offer love instead of rage to their family members,”
“But now I have taught my daughters that when they encounter such domestic violence in the future, they should scream for help rather than keep silent.”
“I hope more people can learn from me and the incident may help the country to make laws.”
Earth to Li Yang: You sound like a truly conflicted man who really needs a shrink. Please continue going for therapy.