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