Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was a Chinese American martial arts expert and movie star best known for films including Enter The Dragon and Game Of Death. Born on November 27, 1940 in San Francisco, he was the son of Cantonese opera singer Lee Hoi-Chuen. Lee returned to Hong Kong at three months old and was raised in Kowloon, where as a child he appeared in several films. In his late teens he moved to the United States where he began teaching martial arts, eventually moving into films. Lee is widely credited with changing the perceptions of Asians in Hollywood movies, as well as founding the martial art of Jeet Kune Do. Lee died in Kowloon Tong on July 20, 1973 aged 32 from acute cerebral edema.

Followers from around the world urge memorial to martial arts legend

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 July, 2008, 12:00am
 

Fans from around the world have called for Bruce Lee's home to be preserved as a museum.

On internet forums and in e-mails, they make often emotional pleas for the setting up of a memorial to the martial arts and movie legend. The issue will also be raised at events in Seattle to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Lee's death this month.

Letters have come from places as far away as Britain, Spain, Sweden and the Channel Island of Guernsey.

Swedish fan Stefan Nikander, who has been practising jeet kune do - the martial arts style developed by Lee - for 15 years, wrote that Lee's spirit had helped him through a four-year battle against a brain tumour. 'I'm now living every day on borrowed time and it would be a shame if one of my dreams would be destroyed - and that dream is to visit the Bruce Lee house in Hong Kong one day,' he wrote.

Marcos Ocana from Spain wrote: 'We fans around the world feel that the Hong Kong government is forgetting that it was Bruce Lee who put Hong Kong on the map ... Bruce Lee was a man proud of Hong Kong. Why doesn't Hong Kong seem to be proud of Bruce Lee?'

Steve Kerridge, a UK-based devotee and author of books on Lee, said he would raise the issue with fans, friends and family of Lee who will be attending the anniversary events in Seattle on July 19 and 20. The events include a celebratory dinner with Lee's widow, Linda Lee Cadwell, and daughter, Shannon Lee, and a memorial at Lake View Cemetery where Lee is buried.

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