Ang Lee Opts Not to Forget Dream


How does a young Taiwanese immigrant to the United States hold onto his filmmaking dream through years of rejection and low-paying drudgery?

The answer for Ang Lee: a kickass wife.

Lee won his second Best Director Oscar on Sunday, but you’ll enjoy reading (or rereading) the essay he wrote after winning his first, about his difficult early career and his wife’s unconditional support. Here it is, translated from the Chinese by Irene Shih.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →