Bruce Lee: An AAPI Legacy

Bruce Lee: An AAPI Legacy

2023 marks 50 years of the Bruce Lee Legacy — and May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Taken together, we want to honor the legacy of an Asian American whose impact on culture at large continues to reverberate. 

Although Bruce Lee died in 1973 at the young age of 32, his legacy has only grown stronger over the last half-century, making him a true global legend. And here at Tuttle, we want to celebrate his legacy this year and for many years to come.

Bruce Lee is considered one of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century. His films, like Enter the Dragon and Fist of Fury, are still popular today, and his martial arts philosophy continues to inspire people around the world.

That philosophy is on poignant display in his books, many of which are published by Tuttle. Books like Striking Thoughts, Jeet Kune Do, The Art of Expressing the Human Body, and Artist of Life all speak to the deep well of philosophical thought and practical technique that Bruce Lee taught and embodied.

If you want to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bruce Lee's death this year, especially during a month like this one, here are a few things you can do:

  • Watch one of his films. Bruce Lee's films are still as entertaining and exciting today as they were when they were first released.
  • Read one of his books. Bruce Lee wrote numerous books on martial arts and philosophy, which are still relevant and insightful today.
  • Visit his museum exhibit. Bruce Lee's life and teachings are permanently on display at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA.
  • Practice one of his martial arts. Bruce Lee was a master of many martial arts, and there are schools and organizations around the world that teach his methods.
  • Reflect on his life and legacy. May is AAPI Heritage Month, and Bruce Lee is an important and fascinating figure in Asian American history. Take some time to reflect on his life and what he, along with other AAPI heroes, mean to you.

Bruce Lee was a true pioneer and icon. His legacy will continue to live on for generations to come! Check out some photos, quotes, and books from the legend below: