Name of AAPI FigureBruce Lee
What is the person’s Asian heritage or ethnicity?Chinese American
Area of InfluenceActor and Athlete
Date of birth or time periodNovember 27 1940
How did this individual make a contribution to their field or to society/culture at large?Bruce Lee made a big contribution to the Asian American acting community by paving the away for new hopeful Asian American actors or actresses. Another way Bruce Lee made an impact on society was showing every American that, with hard work and grit you can reach your goals. He also made a impact in the martial arts community by being in many martial art based movies. He also was a big influence to the athletes around the world by working hard.
Why did you choose this person? What about their story speaks to you?I choose this person because he is role model and a trail blazer he also very admired by many other Asian Americans. Bruce Lee story speaks to me as a very tragic story because he died so young and I would have loved to see what else he could have accomplished if he hadn’t died so young. But his story also speaks to me as an inspiring tale about a young man who never gave up on his dream and became one of America’s most admirable Asian American figure.
How does this person inspire you?He inspires me to never give up and keep reaching for your dreams.
What surprised you as you were learning about this person?That he started his own movie studio.
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Submitted byMeilina Semapakdi-Chang
City, StateLexington