How to pronounce Dai Sijie: Dye See-jyeh
Born in China in 1954, Dai Sijie is an award-winning author and filmmaker. Caught up in Chinas Cultural Revolution, he was "re-educated" between 1971 and 1974, and spent time working in a camp in a rural part of Sichuan province. After his re-education, he completed high school and university in China before departing for France in 1984 on a scholarship. He directed his first film in 1989. His first novel, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress was published in France in 2000. The translation became a national bestseller in America.
Sijie currently lives and works in Paris, France.
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