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    I meant S.F.

    I discussed the Oakland project with one of the reps. It's on hold. Meanwhile, there's a high-end event planned in S.F. in honor of Bruce Lee's 70th. There's a $1000 a plate banquet with the family and some other assorted events.

    Family of martial arts legend Bruce Lee pick Scot to demonstrate skills at memorial
    Oct 11 2010 Exclusive by Donna Watson

    BRUCE Lee's family have chosen a Scotsman to demonstrate martial arts at a memorial celebration.

    Tommy Carruthers will fly to California next month to perform Jeet Kune Do - the martial art which Lee spent his life developing.

    The 51-year-old said: "It is a great honour to be the only person giving a demonstration of Bruce's art at this event.

    "It is more special because I have been chosen by his family."

    The San Francisco exhibition is being held to celebrate what would have been kung fu legend Lee's 70th birthday.

    It will be attended by family, friends and students of the Enter The Dragon star, who died in 1973, aged 32.

    Tommy added: "For a guy from Glasgow to be doing Bruce's martial art in front of his wife Linda, his daughter Shannon and his students is wonderful.

    "Bruce has been my inspiration, so it is a dream come true for me."

    Tommy, of Baillieston, runs a martial arts school in Glasgow.

    He also gives seminars in countries including Italy, Ukraine, Greece and China.

    He said: "A lot of people find it funny that a guy from Scotland flies to China to teach them Bruce Lee's martial art."
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    Bruce Lee became an iconic figure known throughout the world and remains very popular among Asian audience and in particular among the Chinese, as he portrayed Chinese nationalism through his films.

    While Lee initially trained in Wing Chun, he later rejected well-defined martial art styles, favoring instead to utilize useful techniques from various sources in the spirit of his personal martial arts philosophy he dubbed Jeet Kune Do (The Way of the Intercepting Fist).

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    BIG Little Dragon

    I'd love to visit this someday....
    Giant Bruce Lee statue welcomes kungfu fans
    English.news.cn 2010-10-27 10:17:28


    The statue in Bruce Lee Paradise is a new landmark of Jun'an, hometown of the kungfu master.(Source: China Daily)

    BEIJING, Oct. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- At 18.8 meters tall, the world's biggest Bruce Lee statue is ready to greet global kungfu lovers in the master's hometown in Jun'an town, Foshan in Guangdong province.

    Created at a cost of nearly 2 million yuan and requiring about two years of effort, the bronze is the latest masterpiece of Cao Chongen, one of the nation's top sculptors.

    It is likely to become a superstar itself at Bruce Lee Paradise after it is inaugurated on Nov 28, the day after the 70th anniversary of Lee's birth.

    The title King of Kungfu is carved in the towering statue's foundation along with a summary of Lee's life and the list of donors and sponsors.

    While Lee is renowned around the world as a martial arts star in action movies and the one who brought the word kungfu into English dictionaries, his legacy remained low key back in his hometown in China until the local government recently invested millions to build his namesake park.

    The government hopes it will become a major tourist draw and further promote kungfu culture.

    The area now home to Bruce Lee Paradise, which began operation in 2005, was first developed as an ecological park in 1998.

    It has about 2 square kilometers of scenic beauty with lakes, mountains and rare birds.

    The park is also home to a museum filled with Lee's weapons and books, posters and other memorabilia related to him.

    Bruce Lee Ancestor's House less than a 1 km from the park is another stopover for Lee's fans despite its humbleness and sparse furnishings.

    Built by his grandfather, Lee lived in the house for only a short time.

    The residence is typical of the local style with gray bricks and black roofing tiles. A bedroom, hall, kitchen and yard together cover only 51 square meters.

    More hotels and a convention center are also planned. "We are ready to welcome more friends from around the world to pay a visit here," said a tour guide at the Bruce Lee Paradise.
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    I ran into GM Al Novak during my lunch break just now

    He reminded me about the event below. GM Al Novak was on our 2010 January/February cover - see Great American Great Grandmaster. Al is a guest of honor at the banquet and will be receiving some special recognition plaque (as if he doesn't have enough of those already).
    Bruce Lee's 70th Birthday Celebration - Nov. 27, 2010
    Date : 27-Nov-2010 Saturday
    Time : All day
    Type : Fundraisers


    The Bruce Lee Foundation Presents:
    Bruce Lee’s 70th Birthday Celebration!

    November 27, 2010
    San Francisco, California

    Come raise a glass to Bruce Lee on his 70th birthday in the city of his birth and join his family and friends in celebrating and supporting the legacy of Bruce Lee! There are a number of exciting activities planned for this extraordinary fundraising event (see below) which makes this birthday party a can’t-miss event for all Bruce Lee fans.
    All proceeds will go towards the Bruce Lee Foundation and Bruce Lee Action Museum. Come out and support the our biggest fundraising event of the year!

    A Private Celebration with the Lees!!

    Come spend an afternoon with the Lees. Shannon and Linda will accompany you on a private tour of San Francisco’s Chinese Hospital where Bruce was born, a private guided Bruce Lee themed walking tour of San Francisco Chinatown, an intimate dim sum lunch, memorable photo opportunities, early access to the Bruce Lee Exhibit and Birthday Dinner, and more! Guests will also receive an exclusive, original, limited edition Bruce Lee art print, an original Bruce Lee business card and many more rare and collectible gifts.

    This special Bruce Lee Foundation fundraiser is limited to 16 participants. Reservations are on a first come first served basis. It is anticipated that these spots will fill up fast, so reserve your space now!

    This remarkable opportunity will take place during the late morning of Saturday, November 27, 2010. Specific details to follow.

    Price:
    $1,000.00 per person.
    (Limited to 16 participants)

    Bruce Lee’s 70th Birthday Dinner!

    This special night will bring together martial artists, fans, friends, and family of Bruce Lee in an entertaining fundraising event. The evening will include an authentic, family style Chinese dinner, a Bruce Lee Exhibit featuring rare memorabilia, special guest speakers, a night of performances and entertainment including a lion dance, traditional Chinese fortune telling, and a special musical performance by Shannon Lee, silent and live auctions, Bruce Lee Foundation merchandise, exclusive book signings and much, much more! The Birthday Dinner will take place Saturday, November 27, 2010 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm at:
    Empress of China Restaurant
    838 Grant Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94108

    ****tail attire only.

    Prices:
    $125.00 per person (if purchased before September 15, 2010)
    $150.00 per person (if purchased before October 15, 2010)
    $175.00 per person (thereafter and at the door)
    Special pricing for parties of 10 or more.

    Hospital and Chinatown Walking Tours

    Want more Bruce Lee? Attend a private tour of San Francisco’s Chinese Hospital where Bruce was born and a guided walking tour which will stop at several significant Bruce Lee related locations within San Francisco Chinatown. The tours are a great way to learn some new and fascinating information about Bruce Lee’s time and experiences in San Francisco. Participants will also gain early access to the Bruce Lee Exhibit and Birthday Dinner!

    This charitable event will take place during the afternoon of Saturday, November 27, 2010. Specific details to follow.

    Price:
    $50.00 per person.
    (Space is limited.)


    TO REGISTER AND FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

    Tammy at info@bruceleefoundation.com or Sydnie at 310-451-9990.

    Please make all checks payable to Bruce Lee Foundation and mail to:
    11693 San Vicente Blvd, Ste 918
    Los Angeles, CA 90049

    To pay by credit card call Sydnie at 310-451-9990.

    With respect to the Birthday Dinner, all payments must be postmarked by the dates specified above for accurate pricing.

    Please note that this event takes place over Thanksgiving Weekend, so please make your travel plans now.
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    New official Bruce Lee clothing

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    alas...web news...

    Sharon? Sharon?!? It's the freaking Associated Press! It's Shannon.
    Chinese firms use Bruce Lee name without family OK
    (AFP) – 10 hours ago

    BEIJING — Chinese firms and individuals are using martial arts legend Bruce Lee's name and image without his family's authorisation to sell everything from noodles to toothbrushes, state media said.

    A team put together by the star's daughter Sharon has done a nationwide search and discovered his Chinese name -- Li Xiaolong -- has been registered as a trademark for several products, the official China Daily reported.

    She was quoted as saying that Chinese companies and individuals had also used the image of the "Enter the Dragon" star, who died of brain swelling at the peak of his film career in 1973 aged just 32.

    A report in the Southern Daily newspaper said she had held talks with officials in Shunde in the southern province of Guangdong, the martial arts star's ancestral home.

    The city has already built "Li Xiaolong Paradise," a giant memorial hall devoted to Lee's life, martial arts and acting career.

    The report said Lee's daughter was looking for the local government to hand the trademark back to the family and the Bruce Lee Foundation, which seeks to preserve the actor's legacy.

    Calls to Shunde's government and market safety authority went unanswered on Wednesday.

    According to the China Daily, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce -- which is in charge of protecting trademarks -- recently made it clear that Lee's Chinese and English names belonged to his heirs.

    The agency ruled that other applications to use the name currently being processed would be rejected, the report said.

    Intellectual property rights (IPR) are widely flouted in China, which is home to the biggest counterfeit and piracy market in the world.

    The nation's State Council, or cabinet, announced last month that it would launch a six-month crackdown on IPR infringement, which it said "upset the market's normal order... and hurt China's image abroad."
    IP Special
    IP Scene
    (China Daily)
    Updated: 2010-11-03 07:49
    ....

    3. Guangdong

    Bruce Lee's daughter defends rights and use of his name

    Bruce Lee's daughter Sharon Lee flew back to her father's ancestral home in the southern province last week to protect the commercial name of the martial arts legend.

    Without authorization, Chinese companies and individuals have registered Bruce Lee's name and images as trademarks for commercial purposes, she said.

    She said she does not mind using the kungfu master's image at the Shanghai World Expo that closed on Oct 31, but it is inappropriate to use it for fast food chains, she said.

    After a nationwide research, Lee said her team found the unauthorized registration of Bruce Lee's Chinese name - Li Xiaolong - in Changsha, Shanghai, Qiangdao and Shunde.

    The superstar's name has been registered for coffee, dumplings, candy, instant noodles, ice cream, tooth brushes and paste, and home appliances.

    The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) recently addressed the issue, making it clear that the right to use Lee's Chinese and English names belongs to his heirs.

    Unauthorized use of Lee's name or image as trademarks misguides consumers and has an adverse influence on society, the commerce administration said.

    Other applications to use the name now being processed will be rejected, the SAIC said.

    The administration added that Lee's heirs should initiate legal proceedings to revoke trademarks that already passed initial examination or have been registered.
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    Talking nunchuck ping pong ??

    Guess when you train long and hard enough you really can use your training in related sports
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onxtp...eature=related

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    Another statue

    Bruce Lee statue may be erected in L.A.'s Chinatown
    November 22, 2010 | 4:00 pm

    ENTER THE DRAGON: A Chinatown committee is looking to raise a statue commemorating martial arts icon Bruce Lee, who historians say once lived in a studio in the neighborhood. “Once we get a final decision from the committee regarding the location, the Community Redevelopment Agency will help them go through the city process to make it happen,” Bibiana Yung, assistant project manager at the CRA, told the Downtown Los Angeles News.
    I'm changing the title of this thread from "Bruce Lee Museums" to "Bruce Lee Memorials"
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    18-meter little dragon

    That's nearly 60 ft in American.
    Tallest bronze sculpture of Bruce Lee marks hometown
    15:54, November 24, 2010


    The 18-meter-bronze sculpture of Bruce Lee at Shunde, Guangdong Province.

    The 2010 Bruce Lee Culture Festival was officially opened at Bruce Lee Park at Shunde City to south of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province on Nov. 23 to mark the 70 anniversary of Lee's birth date. On the day, an 18-meter-tall bronze sculpture of Lee, which is also the tallest sculpture of him in the world, was unveiled, according to Guangzhou Daily.

    Shannon Emery Lee, Bruce Lee's daughter, and Wren, Bruce Lee's granddaughter, also showed up at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Bruce Lee Culture Festival, and they started a series of programs to memorialize Bruce Lee yesterday.

    This is the first time that Wren has come back to her grandfather's hometown. Apart from joining the activities of the Bruce Lee Culture Festival, the most important goal of coming China for the 7-year-old Wren is paying her tribute to her grandfather and ancestors with her mother.


    Shannon Emery Lee, Bruce Lee's daughter, and Wren, Bruce Lee's granddaughter.

    Maybe it is hard for a 7-year-old little girl to understand the whole deep meaning of paying tribute and those ceremonies, but one short trip to her grandfather and mother's birthplace and the friendship from local people are enough for her to fall in love with this place, and she actually does like it.

    After the opening ceremony of the Culture Festival, Shannon Emery Lee told reporters that Bruce Lee Park here was very beautiful and a good place to memorialize her father. She was touched by the respect and warm feelings toward her father from local people.

    She also said that she and the Bruce Lee Fund would love to cooperate with Shunde's government on better protection and development of Bruce Lee's brand and to make sure more people in the next generation will know about him. She said she will bring back more things belonging to her father for exhibition in appropriate ways.

    Bruce Lee's 18-meter-high bronze sculpture was finished by Cao Chong'en, a famous sculptor, and it is the tallest sculpture of Bruce Lee in the world. The sculpture is in the shape of Bruce Lee's famous fighting stance.


    A foreigner is playing nunchakus by the sculpture of Bruce Lee.

    By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online
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    I did the bruce Lee seminar last year and I wasn't impressed!

    All the insrtuctors taught us was basics. 2 flipping days of basics!
    Tommy Carruthers just had us kick the bags and punch for an hour! I felt very RIPPED OFF!

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    I totally missed this

    I didn't use google over the holidays.
    November 26, 2010
    Google's Bruce Lee Logo


    Tomorrow, November 27th, Google will show a special logo for Bruce Lee's birthday. Bruce Lee is a well known martial arts actor, was in many movies and may have been known to popularize martial arts in America.

    November 27th is Bruce Lee's 70th birthday.

    For his special birthday, Google has a Google Doodle on some of the Google properties. Some are already live, since it is November 27th in places like Hong Kong. Here is the logo:

    Google Bruce Lee Logo

    Bruce Lee died on July 20, 1973. For more on Bruce Lee, see Wikipedia.

    Forum discussion at Google Blogoscoped Forums.
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    Betty Ting Pei talks smack

    With all the 70th birthday celebrations going on, Betty has to come out with this.
    Updated Tuesday, November 30, 2010 10:08 pm TWN, BEIJING, The Straits Times
    Bruce Lee's marriage was 'shotgun union': actress

    Asia News Network--Actress Betty Ting Pei, 63, in whose home Bruce Lee died in 1973, has spilled the beans on the kung fu legend's marriage to his wife Linda, saying it was a shotgun union.

    Claiming she was not to be blamed for Lee's death, she said of the couple: “They had no more feelings for each other and didn't eat at the same table.”

    She admitted to having been a third party in their marriage, but said: “The world says I killed Bruce. How laughable. I didn't catch him! He had legs and arms and came over to me by himself,” according to reports attributed to an interview she gave to website Netease.

    She said movie producer Raymond Chow introduced her to the actor in 1972, and she later met Lee to discuss acting in a film.

    At the meeting, she said, “he grasped my right hand under the table and wouldn't let go. His eyes bore into me — it was to say he liked me.”

    She said she did not reject his courtship as they were happy together but she had not intended to break up his marriage.

    “The whole world cursed me,” she said of the public reaction after Lee, then aged 32, was found dead on her bed. “But I am alive while he passed away too soon.”
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    Tribute song

    Fans Write Bruce Lee a Song for His Birthday
    Nov 29, 2010 - By Mali

    When you’re a legend you don’t have to do anything more than be born in order to be celebrated. Fans of Bruce Lee from different parts of the world first “meet” came together online to create a tribute birthday song. Hong Kong-based music marketing executive Hans Ebert, Chairman of We-Enhance Inc and Yorkshire-born singer-songwriter Jon Harrison, based in the UK, created a song in honor of “Little Dragon.”

    Check out two versions of the song below…

    With lyrics from Ebert, former Executive Director for Universal Music and EMI Music, whose credits include working with David Bowie, Gorillaz, Robbie Williams and others and turning Chinese songs into English hits for acts like Danish band, Michael Learns To Rock and UK-based artist Stewart Mac, Harrison turned these into music.

    The result is a song recorded and produced to commemorate what would have been the late martial arts icon’s 70th birthday on November 27th of this year.

    Says, Harrison, “Meeting Hans in person on a trip to Denmark, our discussion and finding of the mutual respect for all things Bruce Lee, sparked off the idea to write the song as a tribute to the man and legend and which we hope will resonate with other fans of the martial artist. The hope is that anybody who has suffered a significant loss in their lives can feel a degree of comfort in the lyrics and message of the song.”

    As both lead singer and Guitarist in the band Argent, Russ Ballard wrote “God Gave Rock And Roll To You” and hits for the band Rainbow such as “Since You’ve Been Gone”, Three Dog Night’s “Liar”, Hot Chocolate’s “So You Win Again” and “Winning” for “Santana. With his additions, “Little Dragon” became the song it is today – “Dragonfly.”

    “Dragonfly”:

    “Dragonfly” Acoustic:
    Click the link to hear the song. It didn't do much for me.

    If anyone should do a tribute song, it should be Lalo Schifrin.
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    Nice overview from WSJ

    * DECEMBER 1, 2010, 3:36 A.M. ET
    Bruce Lee, My Father
    By JASON CHOW

    Shannon Lee was thrilled as government officials in Shunde, China, last week unveiled a giant statue of her father, the martial arts and movie icon Bruce Lee.

    The likeness stands 18.8-meters (62 feet) tall, next to a plaque that declares "King of Kung Fu." It is the centerpiece of Bruce Lee Paradise, a 1.89 square kilometer park in this town just south of Guangzhou, China's third-largest city. The park is already home to a museum dedicated to Bruce Lee which opened in 2002.

    In life, Bruce Lee was an actor and dedicated practitioner of martial arts. But in the decades since his death, Lee has become a bona fide cultural icon. View graphic.

    "It was really quite impressive," she said of the statue. "We heard in the past that they were going to construct a theme park. But this isn't Disneyland. It honors my father."

    While he was alive, and for years after his death in 1973, Lee's movies were banned in the country of his ancestry; the action star was actually born in San Francisco, and grew up partly in Hong Kong and partly in the U.S. As China opened up to the world from the 1980s, his films started to trickle into the country. The statue in Shunde is just the latest sign that Lee's legacy is growing within China. A park in the small town of Xiacun, not far from Gaungzhou, also has a statue of Bruce Lee, unveiled in 2008—some in the town claim the place was home to Lee's ancestors.

    "I think it's great for the people to learn the legacy," said Ms. Lee, president of Bruce Lee Enterprises, the Los Angeles-based company that handles the licensing and merchandizing of her father's name and image. "It was a shame that China didn't have the benefit of that when he was alive, but it's exciting to see them embrace it now."

    Though Lee's brand of kung fu films was once blocked in the land of his forefathers, the China of 2010—the year of Lee's 70th birthday which passed last week—is embracing its long-lost son, and his iconic image.

    "He's so strong, so fit, such a star," said Huang Dechao, the local government bureaucrat behind the park. "He's our hero."

    Lee has been lauded in far-flung corners of the world and Bruce Lee Enterprises says his image is worth about $2.5 million a year in revenue.

    The movie star's face has adorned postage stamps in countries including Gambia, Madagascar and Tajikistan. A statue of him in Mostar, Bonsia became a rallying cry for peace when it was unveiled in 2005. In Los Angeles' Chinatown, officials are pondering a proposal to erect a statue of him as well, while film festivals dedicated to his work have been staged in Japan and Hong Kong.

    Advertisers have long known the value of the particular brand of coolness that Lee personified. Last year, Nike created the Nike Zoom Kobe V Bruce Lee line of sneakers that was marketed with images of NBA star Kobe Bryant in kung fu poses. Nokia also launched a special edition phone using the martial arts master.

    Kristopher Storti, general counsel of Bruce Lee Enterprises, says the company is targeting $5 million in annual revenues by 2012, which would put Lee's financial legacy in line with other well-known dead celebrities, such as Steve McQueen and James Dean.

    It's likely the biggest financial rewards will be found in China, where authorities have embraced the concept of "soft power"—the spread of international influence through economic and cultural means.

    The process of bringing Bruce Lee back home began to gather speed around the time his daughter Shannon bought back the rights to her father's image—though not his movies—to her father's image from Universal Studios in 2008.

    The same year, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV approached her to work together on an epic 50-episode television series called "The Legend of Bruce Lee." The series was a hit—setting network records for viewership during its airing in 2008, with 12% of the national audience tuning in for the final episode—and helped foster a new generation of fans in China.

    Ms. Lee, a 41-year-old former actor and singer, was only four years old when her father died of a brain edema. Born in Los Angeles, Ms. Lee and her family were living in Hong Kong when her father died. Afterward, her mother moved the family back to the U.S.

    Ms. Lee has made four trips to China this year, mostly on business. One of her main objectives is to rein in unauthorized use of her father's image. While Bruce Lee Enterprises has endorsed numerous products in China, including toothpaste and Panasonic televisions, the star's unauthorized image also features widely too. Ms. Lee says officials she has met are supportive of her aims. But she also says it'll be difficult to enforce a ban on the use of her father's image in China.

    Meanwhile, Chinese fans will see more of Lee—or people playing him—on the big screen and elsewhere. A new movie of his early life, "Bruce Lee, My Brother" starring Aarif Lee, has just been released—though it was made without Shannon Lee's blessing. New licensing deals, too, are in place in China—he's the main face in China for Panasonic's Viera 3-D televisions. Ms. Lee is also in talks with studios in both China and Hollywood to produce films in which her father would be brought to life via computer-generated graphics.

    Ultimately, she says she hopes her father will prove a hit with China's new generation.

    "I think he's such a strong figure, so vital, so powerful and graceful," she said. "And he really sticks up for the underdog and represents the Chinese people. There's a lot of pride in that."
    Bruce Lee toothpaste?
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    I totally want one of these

    Perfect stocking stuffer. Good for a 'get unbanned' credit.


    Pretec Outs Trio of Bruce Lee-themed Flash Drives
    December 9th, 2010



    There is no doubt that Bruce Lee still remains one of the classic iconic figures of both martial arts and movies. He not only "invented" Jeet Kune Do, but also helped break the Hollywood Asian leading man barrier. He literally blazed a trail for Jackie Chan, Jet Li and a host of other talented actors could follow in! Thus it comes as no surprise that there is a down right huge Bruce Lee memorabilia market and one that is as varied and flexible as the man himself.

    The latest memorabilia combines style (both funky and sophisticated) with practicality in the form of three separate and very distinct Bruce Lee themed flash drives. The first (and our personal favourite) is called the Bruce Lee i-Disk Reflection 2.0. It has a laser engraved image of Bruce Lee on the side of its all metal chassis and is a swivel flash drive that protects its port from damage when not in use. The second is a funky Bruce Lee Caricature flash drive that reminds us a lot of a bobble head! In this case, the "Bruce Lee Designer" is miniature Bruce Lee figure taken from the Game of Death movie, and is available only in 4GB. The last flash drive is a key ring "bullet" style drive, which has been laser engraved with a silhouette of Bruce Lee in a flying high kick. It is waterproof, fireproof and even claimed to be bulletproof (though we doubt this last claim as even Bruce Lee himself wouldn't have stopped .44 mag round to his center of mass). Much like the i-Disk it comes in sizes ranging from 4GB to 16GB.
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    Nice overview

    Sun, Dec 19, 2010
    China Daily/Asia News Network
    Dragon's Heart: A kungfu master's living legacy
    By Han Bingbin and Liu Wei

    'Some day, the entire world will want my autograph." This was a line from Bruce Lee My Brother, a biographic film released late last month to mark what would have been his 70th birthday. Whether Bruce Lee actually said these words is moot, but we all know the truth of the sentiments. The question is, would he have been equally influential in film and martial arts if he had lived? As it is, the legend of this Chinese-American actor lives on untarnished by age. To his legions of fans, the image of Bruce Lee is frozen at his peak - nunchaku in hand bashing the bad guys to a pulp, or executing a gravity-defying kick in his black cloth shoes.

    He was portrayed as a country boy out to vindicate ill treatment by big city bullies and arrogant foreigners who compared Chinese to dogs. But the truth is, Bruce Lee never set foot in China and the closest he had been was Hong Kong when it was still a hybrid of East and West as a British colony.

    The only thing both Americans and Chinese agree on is how his popularity has gone viral after his death - as an action star and a reformer who changed the face of Chinese martial arts.

    In 1999, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, and in 2005, Variety crowned him one of the "Icons of the Century". Further proof comes from the Internet.

    George Wang, assistant professor at the University of Hawaii's academy for creative art did an experiment. He Googled Bruce Lee's name together with John Wayne, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.

    Lee came third in the Web search and second in the image search. But on video, he came tops, thanks to the more than half-million video clips available on YouTube.

    "Bruce Lee is a real superstar," says Wang, who had made kungfu films his particular area of interest. "His accidental death, unfortunately, was the ultimate factor that placed him on the altar of everlasting international stardom."

    And while Lee is a pop-culture icon in the US, his influence among the Chinese, especially in China, has become a lot more significant than he ever dreamed. Lee is a hero, and his spirit still inspires generations of martial arts practitioners today.

    In film, he changed how a Western audience looked at Chinese movies, paving the way for later stars like Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Donnie Yen to bridge the great divide between Hong Kong and Hollywood.

    He single-handedly shifted the direction of action films, inspiring producers, directors and actors in Hong Kong to take a closer look at their own culture.

    After his death in 1973, there was a wave of copycat productions, which latched on to his phenomenal popularity and featured a crop of Bruce Lee look-alikes in countless Bruce Lee-inspired movies. None of them succeeded.

    All lacked the magic combination of fury, pride and the country-boy-against-big-city-bullies formula that made his films such winners. But Hong Kong soon started looking at the real legacy Bruce Lee left behind.

    Veteran critic and author Tan Fei sums it up nicely.

    "What Bruce Lee brought to the film industry was tremendous," he says. "He established the genre of action film. He made Asian films known to the world." And in so doing, Bruce Lee indirectly affected some of Hollywood's future directors as well.

    Quentin Tarantino was a fan, Tan says, and he paid tribute to Bruce Lee by putting Uma Thurman in his signature yellow and black tracksuit in Kill Bill.

    But the Bruce Lee phenomenon reached far beyond Tinseltown.

    Another Bruce Lee fan was Chairman Mao Zedong, who watched three of his films repeatedly after Liu Qingtang, then vice-president of the Ministry of Culture in 1974, found copies. According to Liu's memoirs published in Yangcheng Evening News, Mao would clap while watching the films and exclaim: "Good kungfu, good hit!"

    In the 1970s, China was closed and marginalized on the global stage. Overseas Chinese were shamed by the parochial image and Lee and his invincible roles provided an outlet for their ethnic pride, according to Zhang Yiwu, culture critic and a professor at the Peking University.

    Zhu Dake, professor at the institute of cultural criticism at Tongji University in Shanghai, agrees. At that time, Lee's strength on screen was a shot in the arm in the doldrums of economic inferiority.

    "The fact that Lee was an overseas Chinese could not have stopped the massive hero-worship. To the contrary, it actually intensified the adulation because being an overseas Chinese meant you were on the frontline in combating 'foreigners'," Zhu says.

    But, Zhu notes that Lee was never a symbol of nationalism. What he expressed through his films and his Jeet Kune Do practice were universal values of dignity, freedom, equality and justice.

    To columnist and film critic Xiao Fei, Lee was more than just brawn. He had brains as well, and his profound influence is a result of not just his charisma on screen but also because he was a thinker.

    "He was first and foremost a wise man with a free will, before he was a martial artist," says Xiao. Under the tutelage of Ip Man, his master in Hong Kong, Bruce Lee understood that martial arts was about control of the mind.

    His understanding was enhanced by his study of eastern and western philosophy in his college years in the US.

    In his 20s, Bruce Lee was already questioning, and eager to break the barriers between the different schools of martial arts.

    "Lee described Jeet Kune Do as a 'style with no style', or in his words, 'formless and shapeless like water'. Water can take any shape, depending on the vessel that contains it. Lee believed martial arts should be as fluid as water.

    "For Lee, it was a system of learning and thinking, pursuing freedom of heart and wisdom and eschewing the obsession with dazzling moves. We may not have his talent, but we can own the independence of soul and freedom of thinking as he advocates," Xiao says.

    Sometimes, the creation takes on a life of its own.

    There is now a new style of calligraphy called "Jeet Kune Do" created by a calligrapher in Xinjiang.

    And a new marketing theory follows the principles of Jeet Kune Do, just as Sun zi's Art of War has been adopted as a marketing bible.

    We won't even tell you about the restaurant and the line of electronic goods from Japan.
    The Mao bit is great. Didn't know about the new calligraphic style...
    Gene Ching
    Associate Publisher
    Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine & www.KungFuMagazine.com
    Author of Shaolin Trips

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