My Comments Policy

Here are some simple ground rules for our conversation. We want a dialogue that encourages a respectful interchange.

So here is my comments policy. By posting on my blog, you agree to the following:

  1. You may comment without registering. 
  2. You may post anonymously. I don’t recommend this, but you may do so if you wish. I may change this rule if it is abused.
  3. You may post follow-up questions. If you have a question, chances are you are not alone. Others are likely thinking similarly. Therefore, I would rather receive your comments on my blog than via e-mail. It is a better use of my time to address everyone at once rather than answer several similar e-mails.
  4. You may disagree with me. I welcome debate. However, I ask that if you disagree with me–or anyone else, for that matter–do so in a respectful way.
  5. I reserve the right to delete your comments. This is my blog. I don’t have an obligation to publish your comments. The First Amendment gives you the right to express your opinions on your blog not mine. Specifically, I will delete your comments if something is posted that is, in my sole opinion, abusive, defamatory, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, false, offensive misleading, libelous, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate my sense of civility or any law, including intellectual property laws, or an attempt to advertise, solicit or otherwise promote goods and services. You may, however, post a link to your site or your most recent blog post.
  6. You retain ownership of your comments. I do not own them and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on my site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those postings.
  7. You grant me a license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, nonexclusive, and royalty free. You grant me the right to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format, including but not limited to a blog, in a book, a video or presentation.

In short, my goal is to host interesting conversations with caring, honest, and respectful people. I believe this simple comments policy will facilitate this. (major portions of this policy reflect the work of Michael Hyatt found at


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6 responses to My Comments Policy

  1. Read and LOVED China-boy. Great piece of writing and any one who ever had to face their greatest fear can relate.

    • Thank you, Jesse. Courage and strength to you!

    • Hi, Jesse,
      You wrote to me on my blog after Christmas 2012 — and I’m finally answering you. You wrote that you enjoyed CHINA BOY – I’m glad that you found the story useful. I know that I admire your courage!
      All best,

  2. Hi Mr. Lee! I would like to find out if your great book China Boy is based on a true story of your life or is pure fiction. I am currently reading it in my ESL class this fall and my class is eager to find out whether it is based on real events or not. Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Dear MsM,

      I apologize for taking a year to respond to your question — is China Boy a true story?
      It is. I wrote it as a family journal for our young children, and my wife said it was a book. She was right. I fictionalized the names and it was published and is amazingly, still in print.
      Fictional parts:
      1. The fight with “Big Willie” (actual name Big Jimmy Timms) took place 3 yrs later than it appears to in the story
      2. Edna was far worse than I represented her. So was my father. Both were physically violent.
      3. Uncle Shim (Shen) and the dinner with the Chess Society never happened. My editor asked me to create a banquet, so I did.
      4. Coach Tony’s anger at me, like the final street fight, occurred years later.

      Thank you for asking — and for your patience.

      All best to you and your courage,

  3. Did a girl really beat you up and stuff you in a trash can? You were smart to take up martial arts. Did she apologize after reading about this event in China Boy?

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