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The Paper Tigers – a New Kung Fu Film, and the Asian American Male Experience


The Paper Tigers, a new Kung Fu drama comedy screens at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival on Saturday, March 6.  It’s a filmed, produced and directed by three homegrown Pacific Northwest friends.  KBCS interviewed the Director, Bao Tran about the film, and about the role martial arts can play in the Asian American male experience.


Bruce Lee in Seattle

You may know Bruce Lee as a martial artist legend and action movie hero. The city of Seattle is where much of his story begins.

Bruce Lee spent his youth in Hong Kong and moved to Seattle at the age of eighteen. Ruby Chow, a family friend, and future King County Councilmember, gave him a place to stay and a job as a waiter at her restaurant.  After settling in, Lee studied philosophy at the University Washington and continued to develop and teach his martial art Jeet Kune Do.  Seattle is where he fell in love with his wife, Linda Emery, and Seattle is where he is buried with his son Brandon. It’s estimated that 10,000 people visit his Lakeview Cemetery grave site every year.

The new exhibit Do You Know Bruce? at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience provides us with an opportunity to look back at the movies, writings, artwork and philosophy of the man who revolutionized the modern martial arts, and whose movies are loved by millions. The Wing Luke Museum also offers the Bruce Lee’s Chinatown tour that takes you to his favorite haunts.

Listen to segments of interviews by KBCS Producer, Yuko Kodama with Bruce Lee’s friends, family and fans, and learn about the true story of Bruce Lee.

Episode 1: Shannon Lee on the cultural impact of her father Bruce Lee
Episode 2: Linda Lee recalls meeting her husband Bruce Lee
Episode 3: Martial Arts Expert and former Champion, Mike Stone on Bruce Lee’s individualism and interest in the arts
Episode 4: Martial artist and Attorney, Doug Palmer recounts memories from a trip with Bruce Lee to Hong Kong
Episode 5: Bruce Lee memorabilia collector, Perry Lee on Bruce Lee’s journey to Hollywood and beyond

(Special thanks to Asano Ogata for assistance with this project, Music by Gepel)

Bruce Lee jump