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December 1, 2005

Written by C.N.

Bruce Lee Statue in Bosnia

As Reuters reports, the citizens of Bosnia (formerly part of Yugoslavia and the epicenter of one of the worst inter-ethnic wars of the 20th century), have just erected a life-size statue of Bruce Lee in their city Mostar as a symbol of unity and ethnic harmony:

“This does not mean that Bruce Lee will unite us, because people are different and cannot be united and we will always be Muslims, Serbs or Croats,” [project initiator Veselin] Gatalo said. “But one thing we all have in common is Bruce Lee.” Gatalo has said Lee — a hero to teenagers all over Bosnia in the 1970s and 1980s — epitomized justice, mastery and honesty, virtues the town had badly missed. The statue shows Lee facing north, so that Muslims in the eastern part of Mostar and Croats in its western half do not see him as poised for a fight with them.

Very cool. As one of millions of Bruce Lee fans, I can attest to his legacy of fighting racism and injustice to forge a new path for Asian in American society. His fame and continuing popularity in Asia is certainly well-known, but apparently, they extend to many other non-Asian countries as well. Bruce Lee truly is The Man, The Myth, The Legend.


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