The Wing Luke Museum Bruce Lee exhibit (Part 4) “A Dragon Lives Here” examines his roots and explores how the city helped shape his groundbreaking approach. Featuring personal family items and memorabilia, the exhibition series give both an intimate and a wide angle approach to detailing his personal philosophy, external influences, and the circumstances that shaped his journey from a young student in Seattle to a global icon who continues to inspire millions.
About Bruce Lee
Time Magazine named Bruce Lee one of the most influential people of the 20th century. He inspired millions through his trailblazing work in martial arts and in advancing racial equality. His skill, hard work, and determination to break media stereotypes of Asian Pacific Americans was game-changing.
Best known for his physical conditioning, Bruce Lee also spent much time cultivating his intellect, socio-cultural awareness, and education. Bruce launched his first martial arts studio in Seattle. It was here that he formed his philosophical roots, and met and fell in love with Linda Lee, a Garfield High School graduate. For him, Seattle was a time of obstacles and sacrifices as well as growth and development…and would become his final home.
On screen, Bruce fought to be portrayed as a person, rather than a subservient or menacing Chinese male stereotype. As an international superstar of films, his one-inch punch raised the bar for martial artists.
Off the screen, he openly embraced his mixed-race background, defied martial arts tradition with his willingness to instruct people of any race, and broke barriers with his interracial marriage.
About Wing Luke
Son of a laundryman and grocer and an immigrant from China, Wing Luke become one of nine high school students to consult for a White House conference on youth issues, earn a Bronze Star Medal for his Army service during WWII, receive a law degree from the University of Washington, and was appointed Assistant Attorney General for Washington State.
In 1962, Wing Luke made history, elected as the first person of color on the Seattle City Council and the first Asian American elected to public office in the Pacific Northwest. His unique combination of politics, compassion, and advocacy of diverse communities made him a powerful force for equal housing, urban revival, and historic preservation of Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and the Seattle Waterfront. Wing was a trailblazer of his time.
In 1965, his promising career was tragically cut short when a small plane he was riding crashed in the Cascade Mountains. He died at the age of forty. Despite the short tenure of his career, Wing inspired many.
In Wing’s memory, the community created the Wing Luke Memorial Foundation and built a pan-Asian museum based on his vision. The first version of the Museum opened its doors on May 17, 1967 in a humble storefront at 414 8th Ave South in the Chinatown-International District. Several decades later, the Museum continues to be an important place where the Asian Pacific American community looks to for engagement, inspiration and leadership – a legacy that Wing Luke left to Seattle.
In 2008, the museum moved to it’s new location at 719 South King Street.
About The Wing Museum
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is the only pan-Asian Pacific American museum in the country and the first Smithsonian affiliate in the Puget Sound region.
The Wing hosts artifacts, photographs, archives, and oral histories revealing the culture of the Asian Pacific American community. Through guided tours and ongoing exhibitions, you can experience real life stories of the Asian Pacific American community.
The Wing is dedicated to immersing you in uniquely American stories of survival, success, conflict, compassion and hope. Explore both inside and outside the Museum walls.
The Chinatown-International District neighborhood is an important part of Seattle’s history and cultural vibrancy. The Wing is located in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District aka the “ID” (pronounced eye-dee).
Free admission to The Wing in Seattle
Regular daily admission: Adults: $17, Seniors: $15, Students (13-18 or with student ID): $12.50, Children (5-12): $10, Under 5: Free. Admission includes an all-day pass to gallery exhibitions. This way, you can come, leave to grab a bite at a nearby restaurant, and then come back, giving you ample time to explore, linger and dig a little deeper into the exhibitions. Free admission to The Wing is available as follows:
Free admission is available to everyone on the First Thursday of the month from 10am to 8pm.
Free admission is available using your Seattle Public Library card by reserving a Museum Pass online.
Free admission is available to Wing Members. Individual annual membership begins at $50 and family admission begins at $90. Members get a limited edition Bruce Lee membership card, plus UNLIMITED FREE admission, discounts, and exclusive invitations to special events. For more information, visit the Wing Membership page.
Volunteer at The Wing. You not only get to learn about the exhibits in-depth, you get an experience that money can’t buy. The Wing relies on volunteers in a variety of areas. For more information, visit the Wing Volunteer page.