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Breaking Barriers — Bruce Lee Experience Year 2 continues at Wing Luke

Breaking Barriers — Bruce Lee Experience Year 2 continues at Wing Luke

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Bruce Lee as Kato on Green Hornet (ABC archive publicity photo)

The second year of the three year Bruce Lee Exhibit at The Wing Luke Museum in Chinatown opened October 3rd.  Do You Know Bruce? Breaking Barriers digs deeper into the significance of Bruce Lee and his impact in media during a time of racial stereotypes and barriers.  This year’s installation features Lee’s impact in the television and film industry.

Notably, the exhibit features Lee’s work on the television series, The Green Hornet as well as his movies including Enter the Dragon.  Lee’s work on screen helped break stereotypes and transformed media perceptions of Asians.

The exhibit features the largest display of The Green Hornet toys and collectibles.  Much of the displays from the television show where Lee played the masked character, “Kato” are from the private collection of Seattle resident Perry Lee.  “These toys represent the earliest images of Bruce Lee,” said Perry Lee of the toys produced by Greenway Productions.  It was the only official licensed company that made Green Hornet toys.  Perry Lee started his Bruce Lee collection at a young age and built it throughout the years by purchasing the toys and refraining to open the packages.  He also purchased items at trade shows as well as trading items with other collectors.  Lee believes that the value of some of his collection range from $200 to $2,000.

One of the more unique pieces is a Wheaties box with the face of The Green Hornet and Kato.  The significance of the piece explained Perry Lee was that the photo was submitted as part of a contest where people can send in pictures of their family to be on the cover of a Wheaties box.  Someone submitted a picture of The Green Hornet and Kato and it was put on the box without anyone realizing who was in the photo.

As Perry Lee notes, The Green Hornet was on television for only one year and as the collectibles were made a transition from featuring The Green Hornet character to Kato (Lee) began with Kato becoming a central figure in toys and collectible items.  Perry Lee points out that neither Lee nor Van Williams, the actor playing The Green Hornet, received compensation for the collectibles that were sold with their characters’ likenesses.

Perry Lee believes that the exhibit provides depth and progression of Lee and his evolution of his career in television and film as opposed to other exhibits.

The widow of Bruce Lee, Linda Lee was pleased with the second of three exhibits dedicated to him.  “I am very impressed and thrilled of how the exhibit has turned out,” she stated. “It is so in depth about Bruce and really explains so much about the growth of his career and what he did for breaking down barriers between people and exposing his Chinese martial art to the world and showing the beauty of Asian culture.”  Linda recalls Bruce Lee teaching many within Hollywood his martial art of gung fu including James Garner, Steve McQueen, and James Coburn.  He also taught Warner Brothers chairman Ted Ashley.

With the support of Linda and Shannon Lee, The Wing is the only museum, outside of Hong Kong, to present an exhibition about Bruce Lee.

Do You Know Bruce? Breaking Barriers looks at the depictions of Asians in American media prior to Bruce Lee and shows the impact of Lee in America after his television debut and his movies.

The exhibit includes an interactive station where you can match Lee’s famous fight scenes with the movie.  Also, a machine developed in partnership with the University of Washington gives visitors the chance to emulate Bruce Lee’s famous “one-inch punch.”  The one-inch punch interactive station allows visitors to test and measure the g-force of their own one-inch punch.

In honor of the opening of the second session, supporters of The Wing broke wooden boards with the word “hate” on it to celebrate Lee’s contributions to social justice, equality and positive affirmation.

The exhibition text was written by renowned blogger, Phil Yu, better known for the web site Angry Asian Man.

“I’m a huge Bruce Lee fan and super-excited about being a part of the exhibit.”  Of all the Bruce Lee movies, Yu said without pause that “Enter the Dragon” is his favorite.  “It’s my favorite movie, period,” Yu added, “[i]ts Bruce at its best.  He’s just an amazing performer.” (end)

The exhibit runs through September 4, 2016.  For more information, contact www.wingluke.org.

Jason Cruz can be reached at info@nwasianweekly.com.

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features, Features 42, Profiles, Vol 34 No 42 | 10/10-10/16Comments (0)

EDITORIAL: Community newspaper has a crush on Bruce Lee — (…and a city has more than a crush)

EDITORIAL: Community newspaper has a crush on Bruce Lee — (…and a city has more than a crush)

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Fan proudly displays his Bruce Lee tattoo at the opening

This issue of NWAW should probably be titled the “Bruce Lee” issue. There was Read the full story

Posted in Editorials, Vol 33 No 42 | 10/11-10/17Comments (0)

It’s all about Bruce — Bruce Lee Day proclaimed as exhibit opens

It’s all about Bruce — Bruce Lee Day proclaimed as exhibit opens

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Bruce and family

Martial artist, movie star, father, husband, cha-cha champion. Read the full story

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 42 | 10/11-10/17Comments (0)

Bruce Lee and his Seattle roots — A retrospective comes to the Wing

Bruce Lee and his Seattle roots — A retrospective comes to the Wing

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

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Bruce Lee and his legacy in Seattle will be featured at the Wing.

A recent launch of a video game featuring mixed martial arts fighters entitled “EA Sports: Read the full story

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Community News, Features, Features, Profiles, Vol 33 No 33 | 8/9-8/15Comments (5)

HK opens exhibit honoring Bruce Lee

HK opens exhibit honoring Bruce Lee

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By Staff
The Associated Press

HONG KONG (AP) — The late superstar Bruce Lee is best-known for the kung fu skills he displayed in his movies, but his daughter hopes that more people take the effort to understand his teachings and life philosophy.

Marking his death 40 years ago, the Hong Kong government has teamed up with the Bruce Lee Foundation to put together an exhibition to showcase the late star’s life, from his famous yellow tracksuit he wore in the movie “Game of Death,” to his writings and drawings.

Lee, who was born in San Francisco but raised in Hong Kong, died at the height of his fame due to an allergic reaction to painkillers at the age of 32. His last film, “Enter the Dragon,” was released six days after his death and became his most popular movie. Read the full story

Posted in Vol 32 No 31 | 7/27-8/2, World NewsComments (0)

Hong Kong Association raises funds for the Bruce Lee Action Museum

Hong Kong Association raises funds for the Bruce Lee Action Museum

Daughter Shannon Lee at the gala (Photo by George Liu/NWAW)

The Hong Kong Association of Washington Foundation raised over $250,000 for the Bruce Lee Action Museum during their annual Chinese New Year Black Tie Gala on Feb. 9 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Read the full story

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 32 No 9 | 2/23-3/1Comments (4)

Oct. 21: Bruce Lee Action Museum kicks off with inaugural fundraiser

Oct. 21: Bruce Lee Action Museum kicks off with inaugural fundraiser

BLAM committee member Jerry Lee (no relation) with Bruce Lee’s widow, Linda Lee Cadwell (Photo from NWAW)

The Bruce Lee Foundation held its inaugural fundraiser for the Bruce Lee Action Museum (BLAM) at Imperial Garden Seafood Restaurant at the Great Wall Mall in Kent. Read the full story

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 30 No 44 | 10/29-11/4Comments (0)

Bruce Lee lives on in new museum

Bruce Lee lives on in new museum

By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly

Bruce Lee and daughter Shannon Lee (Photo provided by Shannon Lee)

Almost 30 years after his death, the vision of a museum honoring breakthrough martial arts star Bruce Lee is coming to fruition. Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter, is spearheading the effort to build a lasting memory in his honor.

She operates the Bruce Lee Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in Los Angeles. Though the foundation is in LA, she believes that Seattle is the only place for the museum.

“Seattle is already a destination place for a lot of Bruce Lee fans interested in his legacy.” Lee stated. “My brother and father are buried [in Seattle].” Both Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee, who was also an actor and martial artist, are buried at Lakeview Cemetery. Read the full story

Posted in Features, Vol 30 No 42 | 10/15-10/21Comments (16)

EDITORIAL: Two mighty museums in one neighborhood? Can both survive?

EDITORIAL: Two mighty museums in one neighborhood? Can both survive?

Bruce Lee

Shannon Lee is hoping to bring her father’s legacy in the form of a museum to Seattle.

Seattle is the city where legendary martial artist and actor Bruce Lee spent some of his youth. Lee was born in San Francisco, but he moved to Hong Kong with his family when he was only three months old. He wouldn’t see the United States again until he was 18, when he moved to Seattle after spending a few months in San Francisco.

Lee completed his high school education in Seattle. He even worked at Ruby Chow’s Restaurant during this time; Chow was the first Asian American elected to the King County Council. Lee eventually enrolled in the University of Washington (UW), where he met his wife, Linda Emery. In 1964, three years after enrolling in the UW, Lee moved to Oakland and was eventually discovered by Hollywood. We all know the rest of the story! Read the full story

Posted in Editorials, Vol 30 No 42 | 10/15-10/21Comments (0)

 

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