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Bruce Lee statue marks L.A. Chinatown's anniversary

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:37 a.m. HST, Jun 16, 2013

LOS ANGELES >> A bronze statue of martial arts star Bruce Lee has been unveiled in Los Angeles' Chinatown to mark the neighborhood's 75th anniversary.

The 7.6-foot-tall statue was put on display at Chinatown's historic Central Plaza on Saturday.

Larry Jung, president of the Los Angeles Chinatown Corporation, tells the Los Angeles Times he hopes the statue will raise awareness of Lee's history in the area. He moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s and, while playing Kato in an early TV adaptation of the "Green Hornet," he opened a martial arts studio in north Chinatown.

The statue will be on display temporarily until $150,000 is raised to permanently install the statue and add a seating area and plaques to honor other influential Chinese Americans.

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Masami wrote:
You'd think there'd be a PICTURE of the statue with the story. :-(
on June 16,2013 | 11:11AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
One would think that the China town association would have put up a statue of Bruce Lee along time ago since he is probably the best know Chinese martial artist and film star....
on June 16,2013 | 01:33PM
NieleHK wrote:
And Bruce Lee is important to Hawaii how?
on June 16,2013 | 04:02PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Bruce lee! Gimme a break.
on June 16,2013 | 08:15PM
No. Bruce Lee is not from Hawaii and was never important to Hawaii, but he did leave a legacy of Asian Culture. I'm a Chinaman and if you followed his life, he did something we couldn't have done in a lifetime. He was a go-getter, nothing wrong with that. I look at the "good for nothing" people in Hawaii and in CONUS and say "What a waste of life.", as druggies, crooks, trouble makers. At least he did something with his life. No, he doesn't have to be Chinese, he could be Black, Hispanic or Caucasian, the point here is he did something with his life. And "yes", I would love to have seen a picture of the statue (at least). Just from a different "view point" guys. GOD BLESS
on June 16,2013 | 08:47PM
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