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Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows

Lee Feigon

Writer; director; East Asian expert
​Lee Feigon is the writer, director, and producer of the madcap revisionist documentary, The Passion of the Mao. Lee also serves as a research associate at the Center for East Asian Studies of the University of Chicago, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He once was a Professor of History and Chair of East Asian Studies at Colby College. He has written for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Nation, the Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic, and the Boston Globe. He has been interviewed on television shows such as MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, CNN, CNBC’s Hardball, and the NBC Nightly News. He is the author of Mao: A Reinterpretation, the work on which the documentary is based, as well as of the acclaimed Demystifying Tibet: Unlocking the Secrets of the Land of the Snows, and China Rising: The Meaning of Tiananmen, a highly praised book that combines a historical perspective of the Tiananmen Movement with a first-hand view of the events leading up to this crisis. Among his earlier publications is: Chen Duxiu: Founder of the Chinese Communist Party (Princeton University Press, 1983). Among his other jobs is serving as the C.E.O. of Censea, one of the largest seafood companies in the United States. In the mid 1980s, he designed and built the Northern-most completely solar heated house in the Western hemisphere. He is presently in the midst of establishing a 1500-acre organic goat farm in Northern Maine.
How to make a movie with little technical knowledge and no money; Mao and the image of China past and present; the internationalization of the Tibetan cause; globalization and slow eating: a personal and business perspective; documentary filmmaking in the age of the internet; how to succeed in business without going to the office.

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