[As I posted on Monday, we were lucky enough to recently host a pair of interns from Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis. Lucas Davis is a high school senior at Lausanne and helped out with an immigrant of the day contribution (and he also got to apply his Spanish skills by offering a translation of his blog post). Thanks Lucas and good luck this year!]

Taiwanese-born Ang Lee is a Golden Globe and Oscar-winning director famous for successes such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, and Life of Pi. Lee’s films address themes of emotion and push viewers to question and reconsider their own beliefs presumed to be established truths.

Lee’s upbringing strongly influenced his impressive filmmaking.  Lee came to the United States in 1979 to study theater at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Initially, his limited English was a challenge. But through diligent study of American filmmaking he learned, as he describes it, to “maximize the conflict” in his projects. Thanks to his time in both Taiwan and the United States Lee expertly intermingles elements of both Eastern and Western cinema.

One great example of this combination is Life of Pi, a film based on the novel of the same name which follows a boy stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger for 227 days. Lee used eastern storytelling techniques together with innovative 3D visual sequences. Even the late movie critic Roger Ebert, who befriended Lee at Champaign-Urbana, praised his ingenuity upon the film’s release, proclaiming it to be “the best use of 3D I have ever seen.”


Oriundo de Taiwán, Ang Lee es director de cine, ganador de los premios Golden Globe y Oscar, famoso por sus éxitos Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (El tigre y el dragón), Brokeback Mountain, y Life of Pi (La vida de Pi). Las películas de Lee abordan temas emocionales y urgen al espectador a cuestionar y reconsiderar sus propias convicciones que se suponen ser hechos reales.

La crianza de Lee influyó fuertemente en su impresionante cinematografía. Lee llegó a los Estados Unidos en 1979 para estudiar teatro en la Universidad de Illinois en Champaign-Urbana. Al principio, su inglés limitado fue un desafío. Pero a través del estudio de la cinematografía americana aprendió, como lo describe el, a “maximizar el conflicto” en sus proyectos. Gracias al tiempo que ha pasado tanto en Taiwán como en los Estados Unidos, Lee entremezcla expertamente elementos del cine oriental y del occidental.

Un gran ejemplo de esta combinación es La vida de Pi, una película basada en la novela del mismo nombre que relata la historia de un muchacho varado en bote salvavidas con un tigre de Bengala por 227 días. Lee usó técnicas narrativas occidentales junto a secuencias de 3D innovadoras. Hasta el finado crítico Roger Ebert, quien conoció a Lee en Champaign-Urbana, elogió su ingenio tras el lanzamiento de la película, proclamándolo “el mejor uso de 3D que he visto.”

– contributed by Lucas Davis

Greg Siskind

Greg Siskind

Greg Siskind is a partner with Siskind Susser, PC - Immigration Lawyers. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, he received his law degree at the University of Chicago. He created the first immigration law web site in 1994 and the first law blog in 1997. He's written four books and currently serves on the board of governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He can be reached by email at gsiskind@visalaw.com.
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