After seeing Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon for the umpteenth time during a showing at my college, I walked back to my dorm feigning karate kicks and mimicking the grunts and shrieks the martial arts star made as he proceeded to kick his enemy’s ass.
As a headline in the South China Morning Post proclaimed, Bruce Lee made it cool to be Chinese.
Jeff Chinn, now 54, loved going to see Bruce Lee films as a child.
“On my bed, I would stare at my Bruce Lee poster after school, after being bullied, and although I never met Bruce Lee, it was almost like he was talking to me, giving me hope,” he said.
Chinn today has a huge collection of Bruce Lee memorabilia at his home in San Francisco. It’s so large that 200 pieces of his collection are now on display at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin until July 20, 2018.
“Before [seeing Bruce Lee], I was always ashamed of being Chinese,” Chinn said.
You can read Chinn’s story in the South China Morning Post.