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.
Bruce Lee fan club looks to overseas
The Bruce Lee Club is planning its first exhibition overseas, set to be held later this year in Malaysia.
Hew Kuan-yau, a Malaysian and the planning and research director for the club, said a formal event for fans in Malaysia to remember the kung fu legend was long overdue.
"We all grew up with Bruce Lee's movies," he said.
Hew, who holds a doctorate in history from Chinese University, said he wanted to put together an exhibition that would reflect Lee's philosophy.
"Lee embraced different kinds of martial arts, from China and Japan, and created a hybrid style of his own. I hope his success story can shed light on the multicultural society of Malaysia, and that multiculturalism is not a source of conflict but one of strength," Hew said.
The club is talking to authorities in Penang, where they hope to stage an exhibition around November 27 - Lee's birthday.
It would be the club's first overseas exhibition in addition to the displays it holds in Hong Kong every few years.
The fan club, whose honorary president is Lee's brother Robert, has in the past exhibited a wide range of artefacts from Lee's life, including the star's boxing gloves, movie stills and his book Chinese Kung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self Defence.
Sophie Uekawa, who is in charge of promoting the club, said a tour group of 16 Lee fans from Japan were coming to Hong Kong this weekend to join the club's celebrations.
"Many fans in Japan want to come and join us," said Uekawa, who works for the Osaka tourism board. "But many have already risen to management ranks in their workplaces and it is difficult for them to get holidays to travel to Hong Kong."
Uekawa, 46, said as a child she fell in love with the kung fu star as "he was very gentle to women". She compared Lee with Jackie Chan, who also has many fans in Japan. "Chan is a good actor. Bruce Lee - he is a philosopher, a martial arts master," she said.