Bruce Lee (Asian Americans of Achievement) by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

Born in San Francisco, Bruce Lee grew up studying how you can continue to exist at the rough-and-tumble streets of Kowloon, Hong Kong, the place he grew to become a mischievous punk and member of a highway gang. This biography finds why Bruce Lee continues to be an influential pop-culture icon, remembered because the maximum martial-arts fighter the area has ever identified.

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In addition, fighting against a surface of solid wood toughens and conditions the hands into unbreakable weapons that can deliver a bricklike blow to the enemy. Like most students, Bruce started learning kung fu because of its excellent reputation compared to other fighting methods. But many of the first forms were dull and monotonous. Bruce became frustrated and impatient, according to Fighting Spirit. Everyone wanted to speed through the early stages so they could start sticking hands. But the single sticking hands wasn’t much fun either.

At these times, DeMile usually tried to quietly slip away. When Lee wanted to impress a girl, he’d choose the most dangerous and menacing-looking student to “volunteer” for his demonstration. Naturally, DeMile was his first choice, and the street thug had a reputation to uphold. Lee managed to attract the attention of Amy Sanbo, a Japanese American who like Taky, spent time in an internment camp during the war. At first, Lee charmed Amy with his amazing abilities and caring qualities. indd 44 8/28/07 10:43:11 AM The Return of Bruce Lee 45 side.

Well, I am not. You see, my will to do springs from the knowledge that I CAN DO. I’m only being natural, for there is no fear or doubt inside my mind. Pearl, success comes to those who become success-conscious. If you don’t aim at an object, how the heck on earth do you think you can get it? indd 47 8/28/07 10:43:12 AM 48 BRUCE LEE diploma from Edison and scored high enough grades to be admitted to the University of Washington in Seattle. In March 1961, he started college classes. In the beginning, he enrolled in classes that were of particular interest to him—English, gymnastics, and wrestling.

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