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C.Y. Lee, born in Hunan, China, received a B.A. degree from Southwest Associated University, Kunming, China, and an M.F.A. with a major in playwriting from Yale University. Before his Amerproican education, Lee worked during World War II as Secretary to the Sawba of Mangshih, a small principality on the China-Burma border. The experience resulted in a series of articles published in the New Yorker magazine and, later, a book entitled The Sawba and his Secretary (British edition: A Corner of Heaven). A television series based on the book was made and aired in Taiwan.
Lee wrote his first novel, The Flower Drum Song, in San Francisco while he was city editor of a Chinese language newspaper in Chinatown. The book was a New York Times best-seller; as FLOWER DRUM SONG it subsequently became a Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical and a Universal film.
He is the recipient of a California Commonwealth Club Gold Medal Fiction Award, a San Francisco Press Club and Union League Annual Award, a Writers' Guild Annual Award for Writing Achievement and a Box Office Blue Ribbon Award. He has received the key to the City of San Francisco.
A member of the Authors' League and Dramatists' Guild of America, a C.Y. Lee archive has been established at Boston University's Mugar Memorial Library. The annual C.Y. Lee Creative Writing Contest for the encouragement of Asian American literature and scholarship has been established at Cal State L.A.
Suzanne Whang is an actor, television host, stand-up comedian, author, public speaker, dessert topping, and floor wax - along being a graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in Psychology, and holds a Master's Degree in Cognitive Psychology from Brown University. (More on her secrets can be found at www.thesecret.tv) As an actor, Suzanne has appeared in numerous television series, including a hilarious recurring role as Polly the oversexed spa manager on Las Vegas, a memorable guest starring role as the young Mrs. Lee on Cold Case, and co-starring roles on Two & a Half Men, Boston Legal, Still Standing, Criminal Minds, Nip/Tuck, The Practice, Strong Medicine, Robbery Homicide Division, Norm, and NYPD Blue.
She appears in the Keanu Reeves feature film Constantine as a screaming mother whose daughter is possessed by soldier demons, cameo appearance in the Hilary Duff feature, Material Girls. Suzanne is a graduate of the acting program at the William Esper Studio in New York City, and also studied with Milton Katselas, Richard Lawson, Gary Imhoff and Jeffrey Tambor at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.
As a host, she is currently in her fifth season of hosting House Hunters, the #1 rated show on HGTV (Home & Garden Television Network), and she also hosts the new hit spin-off show, House Hunters International. She was the host in programs such as Homes of Our Heritage: Great American Women, Homes of Pasadena, Blitz Build 2000, Holiday Windows, and The Making of Rose Parade 2005 and 2006. She has co-hosted TV's Censored Bloopers for NBC (w/Dick Clark) and New Attitudes on Lifetime Television. Prior to that, she was a field host/fill-in co-host for FOX After Breakfast, and a field host for Breakfast Time, Personal FX, and The Pet Department on the FX cable network.
As an accomplished emcee, she has also been a red carpet host for An Evening at the Academy Awards on ABC, and she hosted the 20th Anniversary Gala Concert of the Korean Concert Society at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She also emcees many charity events, including a Lupus Gala Charity Benefit and a Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Benefit. And Suzanne does humorous and inspirational public speaking gigs across the country, at high schools, universities, conventions, and whatever else floats her boat.
As a stand-up comedian,
Suzanne won the First Annual ANDY KAUFMAN AWARD at the New York Comedy
Festival. She also won Best Up & Coming Comedian at the Las Vegas
Comedy Festival, playing her controversial, shocking, and politically
incorrect alter-ego, SUNG HEE PARK. The act is a satire of racism in
America, reminiscent of Archie Bunker's character in the phenomenal
sitcom, All In The Family. Suzanne regularly performs one-week stints
at the Improv in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. One can contact
her through Ken Kragen at 310-854-4400.