The legacy of Bruce Lee is immense to say the least. When Bruce Lee passed away on July, 20th 1973 he was only 32 years old and yet, over four decades later, Bruce Lee remains one of the most influential people that ever lived. Here at DLG Media, in our mission to elevate the voices of Multicultural America we are very proud to pay a modest tribute to a man that broke some many barriers and spread so much positivity into the world.
THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ASIAN AMERICAN OF ALL TIME
Born in November 27, 1940, at the Chinese Hospital, in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Bruce Lee will probably be the most influential Asian American of all time forever. Aside from his groundbreaking contributions in the world of fitness, heath and of course, martial arts, he also broke an immense barrier in Hollywood by becoming the first major Asian-American leading man in an industry that still discriminates the Asian-American community disproportionately. As rightfully stated by his daughter Shannon Lee in a recent Ted Talk, Bruce Lee “helped to raise the profile of Asian men around the world.”
Among the many distinctions Bruce Lee received throughout (and after) his life three recent recognitions caught our attention: all achievements were sourced on BruceLee.com:
- In 2004, Bruce Lee Received the EMMA (Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy) Legacy Award in London for his humanitarian achievement through the spiritual philosophy of martial arts which challenged racism and added substance to our lives; other recipients include Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
- In 2013, Bruce Lee was named Number 2 on the Men’s Health magazine list of Fittest Men of All Time.
- In 2015, Bruce Lee is inducted into the California Museum’s Hall of Fame by Governor Jerry Brown.
BRUCE LEE’S PHILOSOPHIES
It would be unfair to restrain the legacy of Bruce Lee to his career as an entertainer and a martial artist. Bruce Lee was an innovator, a teacher and a cultural icon whose legacies continue to live on thanks to his one of a kind wisdom. Bruce Lee was a philosopher whose message still resonates more than ever: “with a new generation seeking meaning and consciousness“. Bruce Lee’s teachings are profound as they aim to cultivate our truest selves and be in harmony with the world.
His quotes and teachings are now famous around the world and continue to spread to countless memes and quote cards on social media.
THE LEGACY OF BRUCE LEE CONTINUES
Through his daughter Shannon, Bruce Lee’s family name carries on the legacy. In a recent interview she gave to NBC Asian-American Shannon said: “Most people know the name Bruce Lee, but they only know him as that cool Kung Fu guy in those old movies. They do not know much about his philosophy and how he lived it very actively in his life.”
Shannon Lee really seems dedicated to pass along his father’s philosophy. She is actively doing so through the Bruce Lee Foundation, who according to NBC Asian-American, “operates three branches: a Bruce Lee Action Museum, a scholarship program, and the “Little Dragons” martial arts education program. Still according to NBC Asian-American, Bruce Lee Enterprise unveiled today a new website. They also launched a new podcast dedicated to Bruce Lee’s teachings and philosophy.
You can listen to the first introductory podcast below:
Make sure to check out the awesome new Bruce Lee Website.