Bruce Lee has become influential in many parts of the world, even today so many years after his death. Bruce has been awarded many honors and tributes in his life time and beyond. Some of the more recent honors are listed below.
1. A popular Hip Hop group in China released a tribute song to Lee in 2001.
2. U.F.C. president Dana White has been quoted as calling Bruce Lee the “father of mixed martial arts”.
3. In 2005, a city in Bosnia erected a statue of Lee in his honor. After years of war in Bosnia, the statue of Bruce Lee was to represent his bridging the culture gaps of the world.
4. In 2005, a statue was erected for Lee’s 65th birthday. The statue honored Lee as Chinese film’s Bright Star of the Century.
5. In 2007 a Japanese national survey named Lee as one of histories most influential people. Even today he is also still considered by many to be the greatest martial artist of all time.
6. Time Magazine named Bruce as among the 100 Most Important People of the Century.
7. In 2004 Bruce was honored with the Ethnic Multicultural Academy Legend Award in London. This award has also been given to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.
8. Plans are being made to convert Bruce Lee’s Hong Kong home into a museum. It is now a Love Hotel and a competition has been started for the best design to convert it into a museum honoring Bruce.
9. In Bruce’s ancestral town, a street was named after him and the home is open to visitors.
10. Approximately 11 films and documentaries have been made about Bruce Lee. The most recent was a 50 part series on Lee filmed in China; it was supposed to show in 2008. More recently was the announcement of a 3 part film about Lee that is to be made with the support his family.
There are probably more honors and awards out there but these are the more notable. We can expect to see more books, documentaries and there me be a musical about Bruce lee coming to Broadway. Bruce Lee’s legend continues to live on.