【4/18/2021】 CAPA NoVA Distinguished Chinese American Project

(Written by: Jing Bai)


李小龙(Bruce Lee) (1940–1973), was a Chinese American martial artist, action film actor, filmmaker, and philosopher. He is considered as the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. Born in San Francisco, Lee grew up in Hong Kong, where he was a child actor in many films and trained in the art of wing chun gung fu.  At the age of 18, he returned to the U.S. and studied philosophy at the University of Washington.

Lee is the founder of Jeet Kune Do(截拳道)that was drawn from different combat disciplines and steeped in a philosophical foundation – “Using no way as way; having no limitation as limitation.”  He expanded kung fu to non–Chinese students and was the first Chinese to break into Hollywood. His films elevated the martial arts film to a new level of popularity, sparking the surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West. He changed the way Asians were presented in American films, and bridged the gap between East and West.

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Through his art expression, Lee showcased a path of personal “liberation” encompassing the physical, mental, aesthetic dimensions of human life.  His legacy, art and wisdoms continuously inspire people all around the world.

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless like water. You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

“Always be yourself; express yourself; have faith in yourself.”

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