Dr. Tiee was born on September 20, 1921 in Honan, China. He received B.A. from Peking University in 1945, M.A. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1963, and Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Austin in 1967. His doctoral thesis deals with teaching American English to Chinese speakers based on a contrastive syllabic and prosodic analysis.
Before he came to the United states, Dr. Tiee served as dean and principal of high school, China (1945-56), assistant professor at Teachers College (Taipei, 1956-59), and supervisor, section chief, Ministry of Education, China (1959-63). Upon completion of his doctoral study, he worked as research associate and later taught at the University of Texas (1963-67). In 1967, Dr. Tiee joined the faculty of the Southern California University and was appointed full professor in 1979 and chairman of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in 1981. He retired in 1989.
As an expert on phonology and syntax of Chinese, Dr. Tiee has devoted his life time to education and education research. He has published many articles and several books, including English phonology for speakers of Chinese (1964), Studies in Asian languages (ed., 1984), A reference grammar of Chinese sentences (1985), and A hundred of classic Chinese poems of "Red Leaf" (1999). His latest work is My Memoir (2001). Dr. Tiee has been active in his profession. He was twice invited to attend the National Conference of Education, sponsored by the Ministry of Education, China. Currently, he is the president of the Society for Confucian Studies of America.