If you follow Ang Lee's comments about himself and his career, he expressly -- and correctly -- states that he is a CHINESE director; not American.
The first film he worked on in the US was the first by Spike Lee. But if you look closely, you'll note that his early screenwriter, James Schamus, is Jewish (New York), and the "whites" in "Pushing Hands" and "The Wedding Banquet" are Jewish (New York). Not everyone views Jews as being "white". And his "Ride With the Devil" has an African-American lead character.
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