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Li Young Lee, a famous American poet, was born on August 19. His family members included some who were influential to Chinese politics in the 20th century. One of his grandfathers was Yuan Shikai who was China's first Republican president. Lee's father was a personal physician to Mao Zedong and helped found Gamaliel University. Despite his Chinese origins, he was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, not China because his father was exiled before Lee's death. In 1964, Lee's family settled in the United States after long fleeing from the anti-Chinese political movements around Asia. Lee grew his passion for poetry at the University of Pittsburgh where he attended college. His writing has been influenced by diverse cultures he was surrounded with, including American surroundings, Chinese origins and other multicultural backgrounds. He received multiple accolades for his achievement in both poetry and his influence on Asian American poetry.

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