Contemporary Asian Stories: How Bruce Lee Became a Legend
Thursday, December 3, 2020
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Speaker: Christopher Rea, Professor of Chinese, The University of British Columbia
2020 is the 80th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s birth. Lee is still a pop culture icon 47 years after his death.
How did this San Francisco-born boy become a legend?
Join UBC professor Christopher Rea as he explores Bruce Lee’s story through his body of work and a few of the countless works he continues to inspire.
Contemporary Asian Stories is a series of online events presented by Vancouver Public Library in partnership with the University of British Columbia Department of Asian Studies. The series celebrates literature, film, and larger-than-life figures from across modern Asian popular cultures.
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Watch two video essays based on this presentation:
How Bruce Lee Became a Legend, Part 1: What Made Bruce Lee Different?
How Bruce Lee Became a Legend, Part 2: The African-American Connection
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