By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack
Born in San Francisco, Bruce Lee grew up studying the right way to continue to exist at the rough-and-tumble streets of Kowloon, Hong Kong, the place he turned 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 realm has ever recognized.
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She offered them room and board in exchange for light work and chores until they could find their feet in a new country. As far as Ruby was concerned, Bruce Lee was just another immigrant passing through. He would be treated no differently from the others. But on the other hand, Lee was in store for a rude awakening. Lee assumed he would be a simple houseguest while he attended classes. indd 40 8/28/07 10:43:11 AM The Return of Bruce Lee 41 waiter on the work schedule. When he arrived, Ruby led him to his third-floor room, which Bruce described as “no bigger than a closet,” according to Bruce Thomas’s Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit.
When he was growing up, the British were the ruling class, even though they were the minority. Bruce noticed how they all drove fancy cars up the hills to their beautiful mansions. Meanwhile, the rest of the population who lived below struggled to make ends meet. “You saw so much poverty among the Chinese people that eventually it was natural to hate the filthy-rich British,” he said. indd 34 8/28/07 10:43:10 AM Fighting Crazy 35 So for Bruce, changing his ways was out of the question. Finally, he was expelled from La Salle for his troublemaking.
But this incident didn’t stop Bruce. He continued to search out more and more fights—oftentimes for no reason at all. “And if he didn’t win, he was furious,” his sister Agnes remembered in Fighting Spirit. ” Schools of different fights styles often fought in “contests” with one another, and the wing chun school was no exception. On one occasion, Bruce challenged the choy li fut students to a fight. The two schools of fighters met on the roof of an apartment building on Union Road in Kowloon. The contest was set to last two rounds of two minutes each, with Wong Sheun Leung as referee.