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    We Are Bruce Lee

    "We Are Bruce Lee" Exhibit at CHSA in SF Chinatown (Opening Fall 2021)

    BE DONORS, MY FRIENDS
    Your donation helps the Chinese Historical Society of America create a major exhibition on the legacy of Bruce Lee to engage, teach and inspire visitors from around the world.

    GIVE YOUR SUPPORT
    Your donations are essential for the build out of the We Are Bruce Lee exhibit, development of related programs, marketing, and operations for the exhibit, which is expected to run for five years. Through their generosity, all of our exhibit team and advisors have devoted pro bono hours to develop this exhibit. The We Are Bruce Lee exhibit in San Francisco Chinatown is presented by the Chinese Historical Society of America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting the history, culture and legacy of the Chinese in America. Your donations are tax deductible, CHSA Federal Tax ID 94-6122446.

    Questions? Contact CHSA Interim Executive Director Pam Wong at pwong@chsa.org.

    UPCOMING EVENTS
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    In celebration of Bruce Lee’s 80th birthday on November 27, 2020, join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the first sneak peek of the “We Are Bruce Lee” exhibition, including interviews and surprise guest appearances. Talk show personality Toan Lam hosts. To receive show updates and exhibit news, sign our mailing list.
    Shannon Lee mentioned November 80th birthday celebrations when I interviewed her for Warrior and her book Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee
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    We Are Bruce Lee SF Birthday Blitz: Collectors Film Trailer



    This needs it's own thread independent of Bruce-Lee-Museums-and-Gallery-Exhibits
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    We Are Bruce Lee Exhibit

    Due to recent health and safety circumstances that are challenging our community the opening of our We Are Bruce Lee: Under The Sky, One Family exhibition has been delayed and will be premiering later than previously scheduled.

    We are working diligently to determine a new date during these ever-changing times; but we are looking forward to opening in spring of 2022. Please stay tuned to for more information as we announce updates.

    Prudent move.
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    Now Serving on the Programs Committee for the Chinese Historical Society of America

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    Shannon says...

    李香凝冀新展覽 還原李小龍全貌

    2022-03-08
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    李小龍女兒李香凝接受本報專訪。記者彭詩喬截屏
    一代功夫巨星李小龍的女兒李香凝(Shannon Lee)7日接受本報專訪,介紹即將於4月在三藩市華人歷史學會博物館(CHSA)開幕的「我們是李小龍: 天空之下同一個家」(We Are Bruce Lee : Under The Sky, One Family)展覽,全面向民眾呈現李小龍的生平,以及在他最鮮為人知的武術家、演員身分之外,作為個人的 思想以及對社會、社區的影響。

    李香凝對展覽即將展開感到興奮,「首先這次展覽在三藩市,這是我父親出生的地方。」她表示,「我們是李小龍 」這一展覽主題,將全面呈現父親的生平,展現李小龍作為運動員、演員、思考者和團結社區的人的全面畫像,「 我知道他作為運動員和演員的部分是大家最關注的,所以我很高興這次能展現更立體的形象。」李香凝介紹,展覽 將包括李小龍所做的不同事情,以及幫助全世界民眾團結一致的努力。此次展覽還將揭幕一幅互動壁畫,展現李小 龍的故事、影響和社會關係等。展覽還將與各個組織合作,表現李小龍對不同族裔社區的影響。

    本次將展出顯見的文物,包括手寫信件、歷史照片、紀念品,還有李小龍讀過的書籍和他的親筆註釋等。李香凝將 出席展覽的開幕式,她希望大眾了解全面而真實的李小龍,「每個人都知道他是功夫動作巨星和武術老師,但他同 時真的是一個非常具有哲學思維和時時內省的人,有著驚人的職業道德,我真的希望通過這次展覽和一系列活動讓 大家了解到真實的他,讓他的精神繼續為社區繼續帶來治癒的力量,以及啟發與動力。」

    「我的父親一直以來是許多人黑暗中的光,是他們的榜樣。」李香凝說,面對如今發生的各種針對亞裔的攻擊案件 、偏見和種族主義行為,李小龍是會站出來反對的那種人,他為自己的文化挺身而出,因此成為一個可以在很多方 面被視為有抱負的人物,「我認為他會對這些事情感到震驚、冒犯和難過,這也是展覽的一部分。」李香凝解釋, 展覽主題「天空之下同一個家」是李小龍1971年在加拿大脫口秀節目中說過的原話,當時主持人問他自認是北 美人還是中國人,李小龍回答說他認為自己是「人類」,並提到在同一片天空之下,都是同一個家。

    此前三藩市政府宣布撥款470萬元支持亞太裔和拉美裔藝術與文化項目,其中就包括即將開幕的李小龍展,希望 吸引更多遊客到訪華埠。展覽的具體開幕日期尚未公布,但華人歷史學會網站稱即將開始售票。

    李香凝介紹,今年還將在西雅圖和費城等地開辦夏令營和展覽,同時也將繼續拍攝製作《勇士》(Warrior s)等劇集和電影,還將開啟動畫片和其他項目,預計很快將會官宣。本報記者彭詩喬三藩市報道
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    Li Xiangning's new exhibition restores the full picture of Bruce Lee

    2022-03-08
    05:58:00

    Li Xiangning, daughter of Bruce Lee, was interviewed by this newspaper. Screenshot of reporter Peng Shiqiao
    Shannon Lee, the daughter of a generation of kung fu superstar Bruce Lee, accepted an exclusive interview with this newspaper on the 7th to introduce "We Are Bruce Lee: One Home Under the Sky" (We Are Bruce Lee: One Home Under the Sky), which will be opened in April at the Chinese Historical Society Museum (CHSA) in San Francisco. Are Bruce Lee: Under The Sky, One Family) exhibition, which comprehensively presents Bruce Lee's life, as well as his thoughts as an individual and the impact on society and community in addition to his most little-known martial artist and actor status.

    Li Xiangning is excited about the upcoming exhibition. "First of all, this exhibition is in San Francisco, which is where my father was born." She said that the theme of the exhibition "We Are Bruce Lee" will comprehensively present his father's life and show Bruce Lee as an athlete. , actor, thinker and a comprehensive portrait of people who unite the community, "I know that his part as an athlete and actor is what everyone pays the most attention to, so I'm happy to show a more three-dimensional image this time." Li Xiangning introduced that the exhibition will include Bruce Lee The different things we do, and our efforts to help people around the world come together. The exhibition will also unveil an interactive mural that showcases Bruce Lee's story, influence and social connections. The exhibition will also collaborate with various organizations to show Bruce Lee's impact on different ethnic communities.

    Visible artifacts will be on display, including handwritten letters, historical photos, memorabilia, books read by Bruce Lee and his autographs. Li Xiangning will attend the opening ceremony of the exhibition. She hopes that the public can understand the comprehensive and real Bruce Lee, "Everyone knows that he is a kung fu action star and a martial arts teacher, but he is also a very philosophical and introspective person at the same time. , has an amazing work ethic, and I really hope that through this exhibition and a series of events, I will let everyone know the real him, and let his spirit continue to bring healing power, as well as inspiration and motivation to the community.”

    "My father has always been a light in the darkness of many people and a role model for them." Li Xiangning said that in the face of various attacks, prejudice and racism against Asians, Bruce Lee would stand up against that A man of his own, he stood up for his culture and thus became a figure who could be seen as aspirational in many ways. "I think he would be shocked, offended and saddened by these things, and that's part of the exhibition." Li Xiangning Explain that the theme of the exhibition "One Home Under the Sky" is the original words that Bruce Lee said on a Canadian talk show in 1971. When the host asked him whether he was North American or Chinese, Bruce Lee replied that he thought he was "human." ”, and mentioned that under the same sky, they are all the same home.

    Earlier, the San Francisco government announced that it would allocate $4.7 million to support Asian Pacific and Hispanic arts and cultural projects, including the upcoming Bruce Lee exhibition, hoping to attract more tourists to Chinatown. The exact opening date of the exhibition has not been announced, but the website of the Chinese Historical Society says ticket sales will begin soon.

    Li Xiangning introduced that this year, summer camps and exhibitions will be held in Seattle and Philadelphia and other places. At the same time, he will continue to film and produce series and movies such as "Warriors", and will also start cartoons and other projects. It is expected to be officially announced soon. announced. Our reporter Peng Shiqiao reported from San Francisco
    I was up at CHSA two weeks ago and saw how it's coming together. It's looking good.
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    April 23-24, 2022

    Issue Date: March 11, 2022
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    The Chinese Historical Society of America Announces Opening of the San Francisco Homecoming “We Are Bruce Lee” Exhibition on April 23-24, 2022

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 11, 2022—The Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) is pleased to announce the long-awaited return of San Francisco Chinatown’s native son as part of its groundbreaking exhibition, We Are Bruce Lee: Under the Sky, One Family. This multimedia collaboration between the Bruce Lee Foundation, top collectors of Bruce Lee memorabilia, and a team of artistic innovators will showcase state-of-the-art engagement to magnify the vision and values of a Chinese American icon who transcended race, geography, and culture. We Are Bruce Lee will debut as part of the re-opening of CHSA museum at 965 Clay Street in San Francisco: CHSA members are invited for a members-only viewing on Saturday, April 23; the exhibit will officially be open to the public on Sunday, April 24.
    For San Francisco Chinatown, this is a proud, heartwarming homecoming for a legendary figure who was born in Chinatown’s own Chinese Hospital in 1940 and grew into an international superstar. This exhibit offers unique perspectives of Bruce beyond martial arts and acting—as a visionary, athlete, thinker, and unifier who fought discrimination with uncanny strength, unwavering resilience, and profound engagement with a multicultural society. Visitors of all ages will learn about his evolution from a kid from Hong Kong to a global pioneering entrepreneur and his immortal influence on fans and followers across generations, backgrounds, and all walks of life.

    The generous contributions of the Bruce Lee Foundation, and collectors Jeffery Chinn, Robert Gomez, Ken Hao, and Perry Lee present a trove of rarely seen artifacts, historic photos, handwritten letters, memorabilia, video, film, artwork, graphical displays, and multimedia technology. Collectively, this exhibit reveals Bruce’s personal philosophies on life and society—which offer relevant lessons in present day, a time currently fraught with xenophobia, racism, and social injustice.

    Key selections from the artifacts on exhibit include:

    35mm celluloid prints from each of Bruce’s movies installed in glowing light boxes;

    A custom-designed installation featuring original artifacts depicting Bruce as Kato from the TV show The Green Hornet including an original October 1966 TV Guide, the first feature of an Asian American on a nationally distributed magazine cover;

    Bruce’s personal weight bench and dumbbell set;

    Rare photos of Bruce in costume on the sets of his many films; and

    An original copy of The Tao of Jeet Kune Do, Bruce’s publication on his martial arts philosophy

    The inaugural exhibition breaks ground in San Francisco with a mission to bridge communities from two historic neighborhoods—Chinatown and Fillmore/Western Addition—in an effort to tell the story of cross-community respect and collaboration. We Are Bruce Lee features an art gallery curated by African American Art & Culture Complex Co-executive Directors Melonie and Melorra Green showcasing Bruce’s influence on the Black community from the perspective of some of the Bay Area’s premier Black artists and other creatives of color. In addition, CHSA is excited to debut the complementary Bruce Lee mural “Be the Bridge” in the museum’s Yick Gallery, produced by Bay Area art collectives Twin Walls Mural Company and Macro Waves. This expansive art piece takes inspiration from Bruce’s unifying of communities and offers a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. It utilizes artwork and animated projections by creatives from different cultural communities, including a customized soundscape and playlist by local musicians Mike Dinkins and De’Ahna Turner.

    The journey to present this historic exhibition was born as a result of the challenges that Chinese Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), and San Francisco Chinatown have faced over the past two years. Amid this unrelentingly difficult time for AAPIs, the hardships have become an opportunity to bring light to our community. We Are Bruce Lee and CHSA aim to revitalize the Chinatown neighborhood in which Bruce was born; strengthen the Chinese American and AAPI communities; and combat racism and hate by bringing diverse audiences together in solidarity.

    As Bruce himself stated, “Under the sky, under the heavens, there is but one family.”

    Special thanks to our donors and funders, including Grants for the Arts, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, the Office of Economic Workforce and Development, Friends of Roots, the Rose Pak Community Fund, the Candelaria Fund, Ken Hao, Anna and Wilford Hoover, Charles and Qian Huang, Jerry and Charlene Lee, the Lui Foundation, Hazel Louie, the Robert Joseph Louie Memorial Fund, Melvin Wong, Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang, and Ming Zhang.

    For ticket information, visit chsa.org.

    ###

    The Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the presentation of Chinese American history. Since 1963, CHSA has strived to be a responsible steward of the remarkable narrative of the Chinese American community through education, programming.

    The Bruce Lee Foundation was founded in 2002 by Linda Lee Cadwell and Shannon Lee, with a vision to share the art and philosophy of Bruce Lee with the world for generations to come. Today, the vision has grown to actively inspire confidence, motivate action, bridge cultures, and champion humanity. It believes that the life of Bruce Lee and the actions of the Bruce Lee Foundation can ignite positivity in the world and inspire people to embrace their uniqueness, discover their limitless potential, and help one another thrive.
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    Chinatown Bruce Lee exhibit will celebrate the S.F.-born icon and his vision of racial harmony
    Yoshi Kato March 11, 2022 Updated: March 11, 2022, 10:49 am


    “We Are Bruce Lee: Under the Sky, One Family” will be at the Chinese Historical Society of America at 965 Clay St. for three years, opening in April.
    Photo: Franchon Smith / The Chronicle
    There’s a statue of Bruce Lee in Seattle, where the global icon spent his early adult years, and a plaque dedicated to him at St. Xavier’s College in Hong Kong, where he was educated in his youth. Now the San Francisco native will be the subject of an extended exhibition in his hometown at the Chinese Historical Society of America in Chinatown — about two blocks from the Chinese Hospital on Jackson Street, where he was born.

    “We Are Bruce Lee: Under the Sky, One Family,” which marks CHSA’s reopening and is expected to run for three years starting April 24, will feature artifacts from Lee’s film, television, martial arts and writing careers sourced from the private collections of several noted Bruce Lee fans including Perry Lee (no relation) of Seattle, San Franciscan Jeff Chinn and Hillsborough’s Kenneth Hao, “We Are Bruce Lee” sponsor, as well as from the Bruce Lee Foundation. Items include promo trailer celluloid reels from his final five films; on-set photos and magazine covers from his time as Kato from “The Green Hornet” TV series that ran in 1966-67; and his exercise equipment, including his weight bench.

    Jane Chin, the exhibit’s project lead, told The Chronicle in an exclusive interview that the long-in-the planning project came about as a way to revitalize interest in Chinatown, which had been severely impacted by the pandemic both economically and socially.

    “The idea of bringing native son Bruce Lee back to San Francisco was just a mesmerizing story to me,” Chin said in a phone interview from her home in San Francisco. But focusing on Lee’s brief time in the Bay Area proved challenging, Chin noted, prompting CHSA to expand the exhibit’s scope.


    Bruce Lee subdues a bad guy in a publicity photo for the TV series “The Green Hornet”, circa 1967. Lee starred as Kato.
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    Lee was born on Nov. 27, 1940, while his opera singer father, Lee Hoi-chuen, was performing in the city on tour with the Chinese Opera. He was raised in Hong Kong and left for Seattle when he was 18, and later studied philosophy at the University of Washington. Hong Kong and Seattle currently have Bruce Lee exhibits, so “We Are Bruce Lee” completes a geographic trinity of his early years.

    Considered the first Asian American superstar thanks to his appearances in films and TV, he died on July 20, 1973, from cerebral edema and a subsequent allergic reaction to medication. But Lee has since remained part of the cultural zeitgeist and an influence to artists, athletes and more throughout the world.

    “We were looking around for the story we could tell and a place where we could do it. All that took time to germinate, for the Bruce Lee story is not just that he was a movie star or a martial arts star,” Chin said. “As you really delve into him, you realize he was a deep thinker and a philosopher and a visionary.”


    Bruce Lee on the set of “Big Boss,” written and directed by Wei Lo.
    Photo: Sunset Boulevard / Corbis via Getty Images
    Lee was also a unifier, Chin added, referring to how Lee wanted to share his knowledge of martial arts with others to cultivate better relationships between different ethnic communities. After developing his own style of martial arts, Jeet Kune Do (“the way of the intercepting fist”), Lee opened the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute in Seattle, before branching out to Oakland and Los Angeles.

    “He worked with Black Americans to teach them kung fu, so the message about him standing up, being a unifier and bridging communities is one thing that we really want to present in these times,” Chin said.

    In fact, Chin said the “Under the Sky, One Family” title of the exhibition was taken from a television interview on “The Pierre Burton Show” in 1971 where Lee stated, “Under the sky, under the heavens, man, there is but one family.”

    That theme of unity is underscored by CHSA’s collaboration with the African American Art and Culture Complex, the Fillmore Collective and Oakland-based Shades Magazine. The multimedia section of “We Are Bruce Lee” also combines contributions from artists of color, which again aligns with Lee’s philosophy.


    A mural of the late Bruce Lee, by Marina Perez-Wong and Elaine Chu of Twin Walls Mural Co., will be featured in the exhibit at the Chinese Historical Society of America.
    Photo: Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle
    Among those artists are Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong of the Bay Area-based Twin Walls Mural Co. The pair created “Be the Bridge,” a 24-by-10-foot mural that will be on display in CHSA’s Yick Gallery. The expansive piece depicts a shirtless Lee with outstretched arms and clenched fists at the center, flanked by San Francisco and Hong Kong skylines, and surrounded by painted historic images — many which were inspired by photos provided by his daughter Shannon Lee, who chairs the Bruce Lee Foundation.

    “We love the idea of Bruce Lee as a bridge,” said Chu in a joint phone interview with Perez-Wong of their mural. Perez-Wong added: “Elaine and I have been following his philosophy, that we are one part of a whole, since we were little. So that’s what our mural is about — that definition of intersectionality.”

    Shannon Lee approved Chu and Perez-Wong’s mural proposal last July and provided feedback during the 18-month process of creating it, including during a museum visit on Feb. 19 before she served as the honorary marshal at this year’s San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade.


    Anthony Tsai (front left), “We Are Bruce Lee” exhibit consultant, and Janice Lee, a consultant to the African American Art and Culture Complex, take photos of De’Ahna Turner, Mike Dinkins, Melorra Green, Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, Melonie Green, Marina Perez-Wong and JR Valrey in front of the Bruce Lee mural at Chinese Historical Society of America.
    Photo: Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle
    “We worked hard to come up with a theme that reflected the overall exhibit and what resonates to us about Bruce Lee,” Chu explained.

    Music producer Mike Dinkins and vocalist De’Ahna Turner, also known as the Oakland duo Mike and Dee, composed a score and created a soundscape for the mural along with curating the exhibit’s official playlist. Dominic Cheng, Jeffrey Yip and Anum Awan, of the East Bay art collective and creative studio Macro Waves, also created art to be projected on top of the mural as well as on two blank walls.

    “It’s been a labor of love,” said Chin of the exhibit. “But the love is for Chinatown as much as for telling the story of San Francisco’s native son. We hope the exhibit will attract visitors from all over and revitalize the community.”

    “We Are Bruce Lee: Under the Sky, One Family”: Opens April 24. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through May 1; Wednesdays through Sundays thereafter. Through April 2025. $20 general admission; $10 for students and seniors 55 and older; free to members. Chinese Historical Society of America, 965 Clay St., S.F. www.wearebrucelee.org
    I was just up at CHSA so I saw the progress on the mural. It's coming along nicely.
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    Chinatown’s Museum Reopens With Much-Anticipated ‘We Are Bruce Lee’ Exhibit
    By Betty Yu April 26, 2022 at 11:42 pm Filed Under:Bruce Lee, Chinatown, Exhibit, Museum, San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Closed for months due to the pandemic, the Chinese Historical Society of America is renovated and ready to reopen with the much-anticipated exhibit, ‘We Are Bruce Lee: Under The Sky, One Family.’

    Often called Chinatown’s Museum, here visitors will get the chance to see rarely displayed artifacts, including his exercise equipment, drawings, and personal items from the series, ‘The Green Hornet.’

    It’s a homecoming for Chinese American kung fu icon Bruce Lee. The global superstar was born at Chinese Hospital in Chinatown in 1940. His influence went well beyond martial arts, movies, and television shows.

    “He was a visionary, he saw the power of Chinese American business and cinema before anybody thought that that would be possible – thinking about creating your own production studio,” said executive director Justin Hoover. “He was an athlete, so he was more than just a martial artist. He studied boxing, he studied fencing, he studied dancing.”

    Hoover said Lee believed in and exemplified inclusion and equity. He experienced racism in Hollywood, where he was paid the least on set.

    Lee also confronted rejection within his own community.

    “Some African American leaders will say that they actually loved Bruce Lee before the Chinese American community loved Bruce Lee because Bruce Lee was often rejected by the Chinese for not being as traditional as they would want him to be.”

    Still, Lee insisted on teaching kung fu to all races, both men and women. He did so in Oakland.

    The exhibit also incorporates new technology and it’s the only museum where you can also break things. Visitors can try their hand at chopping a karate board.

    Hoover hopes the updated museum on Clay Street will attract a new and younger generation to Chinatown, which has been struggling to recover since the pandemic. It has also seen a wave of anti-Asian sentiment, hate and violence in recent years.

    “Chinatown is still facing an existential threat, coming to this museum, shopping at a gift shop, going to a local restaurant, is actually one way that you combat this anti-Asian hate,” said Hoover. “It’s being in the community.”

    For more information visit chsa.org or wearebrucelee.org.
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