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Shannon Lee mobbed as she opens Bruce Lee exhibition in Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 July, 2013, 3:30pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 July, 2013, 12:14am

The daughter of kung fu legend Bruce Lee was mobbed on Friday as she opened the preview of an exhibition paying tribute to the actor on the eve of the 40th anniversary of his death. 

Shannon Lee was swamped by press at the opening ceremony of "Bruce Lee: Kung Fu, Art, Life" exhibition at Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin.

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Fans are marking his death 40 years ago this weekend with art gallery shows, exhibitions and even street graffiti but some people are urging Hong Kong’s government to do more to honour the city's biggest star. 

Lawmakers and scholars have joined calls from fans, fearing the government is wary of fully embracing Lee’s legacy. His enduring spirit of youthful rebellion and a willingness to fight big oppressors may have spooked city leaders prone to second-guessing their political masters in Beijing.

"The Hong Kong government or the people on top of the governing body are not thinking, first of all, in terms of Hong Kong people’s mindset," said Lo Wai-luk, an associate professor in the Academy of Film at Hong Kong Baptist University.

"They think of how to do something to please the main Chinese government, or not to violate" what they think Beijing likes, he said.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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