Bill Lee

Writer in California

Bill Lee

Writer in California

Bill Lee is a second-generation Chinese American who grew up in the underworld of San Francisco Chinatown. He witnessed his first shooting at age eight, and became involved in numerous street gangs, including the gang responsible for the Golden Dragon Massacre. Bill received his undergraduate degree in psychology, worked as a mental health counselor, and then spent most of his career as a corporate recruiter supporting executives in Silicon Valley, including Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt. He was employed at ESL, a TRW subsidiary, when a gunman massacred seven of his coworkers. Bill was a key member of the crisis response team, who worked with police and counselors to assist trapped employees, victims, and their respective families. His personal account of the Chinatown gang wars as well as the Golden Dragon and ESL massacres are detailed in "Chinese Playground", which is now available in paperback and digital format, including Kindle.

Lee's latest book, "Born-Again Buddhist: My Path to Living Mindfully and Compassionately with Mood Disorders" (April 2014) is available at Amazon.com. In it, he shares with readers how, as a practicing Buddhist, he integrated mindfulness meditation and other Buddhist practices with psychotherapy to effectively treat his mood disorder.

Lee is also the author of "Born to Lose: Memoirs of a Compulsive Gambler," which describes his 40-year gambling addiction and recovery. The book's publisher is Hazelden and it is available in both paperback and digital format.

Additional Information:

• Lee has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, AsianWeek and professional journals. His writing has also appeared in Slate, Tiny Buddha, OM-Times Magazine, and Fair Observer. He has been profiled on the History Channel, A&E Television, FOX network, Spike TV, PBS, Radio Television Hong Kong, and national public radio

• 30+ years of experience in corporate employment, executive/technical search consulting, corporate intelligence; assisting with re-organizations as well as mergers/acquisitions

• Counseled serious offenders at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center (formerly the Youth Guidance Center) and Marin Juvenile Hall

• Since 1987, Lee has been providing guidance and support to fellow recovering addicts, many of whom, like himself, suffer from co-occurring disorders

  • Work
    • Silicon Valley