Bruce Lee’s Daughter, Shannon

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Though Bruce Lee has passed on to the afterlife, his beloved daughter Shannon Lee has been keeping his legacy alive. Besides contributing to various biographies, there is also the Bruce Lee Foundation, which is a non-profit organization, whose sole goal is to preserve Bruce’s legacy for generations to come.  

Meet her as she shares some of the lesser knowns facts about Bruce Lee. You may have read them on the internet, but it isn’t the same as hearing from his own daughter’s mouth. Let’s jump right in:

  • Not a 100% Chinese

As hard as it may seem the fact remains that Bruce was indeed a quarter Caucasian. The Chinese did not take this lightly, especially the students where he learned Kung-Fu.

Bruce learned martial arts under the tutelage of Ip Man. When the others found out that he was quarter Caucasian, they did everything to drive him out of the school.

However, Ip Man never stopped teaching Bruce and taught him personally, separate from his other students. The master believed that it was the right thing to do, and like him, Bruce grew to become on such individual who never adhered to any sorts of racial discriminations.

  • The cha-cha champion

It’s hard to imagine such a bombastic personality indulge in dancing. However, Bruce Lee was not only a champion but also took it quite seriously. Shannon also adds that her father carried along a handbook consisting of all the dance moves.

Dancing is an art, and Shannon believes that his affinity towards it is what made his martial arts performances on stage so unique and dynamic. A lot of the time, a well-choreographed fighting sequence will appear like a dance, and that’s possibly what Bruce was aiming at during his career.

  • Paper Tiger?

During the early part of the 1970s, Bruce was filming a movie when one of the stuntmen started calling him a Paper Tiger. He tried to ignore it at first but couldn’t do it any further after seeing that the other stuntmen were also getting involved.

Bruce challenged the man, and had him down on the ground, helped him get up and then downed him again, just to prove that he was no Paper Tiger.

  • East-West Story

Since Bruce was part Caucasian, he was neither accepted in the East nor in the west. In Hollywood, people called him a Chinese and back at home, they said Bruce was too imbued with Western culture to be considered as one of their own.

This continuous struggle for identity made him the man he turned out to be, right to his last breath. The short 6-minute clip serves as a testament to the kind of man Bruce Lee and how he still resided in our heart.

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