Kim Lee is the American wife of Li Yang, founder of the Crazy English method of teaching English. It became so popular that it was even used to train volunteers for the Olympics. Kim was instrumental in building this empire.
But the power couple had a terrible secret – Li beat Kim severely. Tired of the abuse, she posted pictures of her battered face on her husband’s Weibo account (a Chinese version of Facebook) and set off a firestorm.
She filed for divorce, and a Beijing court ruled in her favor, granting her a divorce, custody of their three children, compensation of $8,000 for the abuse and assets of almost $2 million. The court also issued a restraining order against her ex-husband — the first time ever in Beijing.
The battle was hard fought – Kim describes wading through a system that is “designed to make women give up.”
Currently, China does not have a law forbidding domestic violence. But now that Kim has come forward and put the issue in the spotlight, maybe they’re a few steps closer.