In 1999, Time Magazine named Bruce Lee one of the most influential people of the century. He inspired – and continues to inspire – millions of people, 40 years after his death, through his trailblazing work in martial arts, film and fitness. He was an international superstar but for Asian Pacific Americans, he was much more. While his one-inch punch raised the bar for martial artists, his skill, hard work, and determination to break media stereotypes of Asian Pacific Americans was game-changing in advancing racial equality.
A significant part of who Bruce Lee became was due to his life in Seattle. In Seattle, Bruce Lee worked at the legendary Ruby Chow’s Restaurant, launched his first martial arts studio, formed his philosophical roots, and met and fell in love with Linda Lee, a Garfield High School graduate. For him, Seattle was a time of obstacles and sacrifices as well as growth and development… and would become his final home.
This special exhibition will run for three years with new items showcased each year:
Year 1 theme - Bruce Lee's martial arts philosophy and Seattle roots
Year 2 theme - Bruce Lee in film and media
Year 3 theme - Bruce Lee the artist
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website