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C.Y. Lee

Chin Y. Lee graduated from National Southwest Associated University, Kunming, China, in 1940 with Bachelor of Arts degree. He entered the United States in 1943, attended Yale University, and by 1947 Lee earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. Lee's first novel, "The Flower Drum Song: A Novel of San Francisco's Grant Avenue," was published in 1957. The... See full bio »


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 1961 Flower Drum Song (novel "The Flower Drum Song")
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 2010 To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey (Documentary)
 2006 A Classic Evolves: From Print to Stage to Screen (Video documentary short)
 2006 Faces of the East: Casting Flower Drum Song (Video documentary short)
 2006 The Songs of 'Flower Drum Song' (Video documentary short)

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He wrote the novel for the musical, "Flower Drum Song," with the new book version on Broadway in New York City. Richard Rodgers was original composer. Oscar Hammerstein II was original lyricist. David Henry Hwang wrote the book. Oscar Hammerstein II and Joseph Fields wrote the original musical version. Robert Longbottom was ... See more »

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Lee lives in Alhambra, California.

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