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Bruce Lee fans urge government to turn star's old home into museum

Bruce Lee fans in the late action star's native Hong Kong urged the local government on Tuesday to buy his old home - currently used as an hourly love motel - and convert it into a museum.

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  • Published: 15:12 June 24, 2008
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  • Supporters said Lee wasn't just a movie star, but helped improve the image of Chinese around the world.
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Hong Kong: Bruce Lee fans in the late action star's native Hong Kong urged the local government on Tuesday to buy his old home - currently used as an hourly love motel - and convert it into a museum.

Supporters made their case at a news conference in front of a statue of Lee on Hong Kong's harbor-front, one of the few local monuments honoring the actor.

They said the government hasn't properly paid tribute to Lee, who is known for films in which he portrayed characters that defended the Chinese and the working class from oppressors.

"Which Hong Konger isn't proud of Bruce Lee? But the ridiculous thing is in Hong Kong, the city where Bruce Lee made his name, grew up and died, there isn't a
proper-looking place to remember him," director Manfred Wong said.

Philanthropist Yu Pang-lin recently put Lee's old home up for sale to raise funds for victims of the recent earthquake in China's central Sichuan province.

The Hong Kong government didn't immediately comment on the fans' proposal.

Other supporters said Lee wasn't just a movie star, but helped improve the image of Chinese around the world.

"Bruce Lee doesn't just belong to Hong Kong. He belongs to Chinese around the world. Everyone knows he was the first Chinese celebrity," popular Hong Kong commentator Chip Tsao said.

Tsao, who once studied in England, said British locals became less likely to harass Chinese immigrants because Lee projected an image of Chinese toughness.

Agnes Lui, a publicist for Land Power International Property Consultants (HK) Ltd., which is handling the sale of Lee's old home, declined to give information about offers for the plot. The deadline for offers is Wednesday.

An earlier newspaper report put the value of the plot at 100 million Hong Kong dollars.

Lee, who died in Hong Kong in 1973 at age 32 from swelling of the brain, was born in San Francisco but grew up in Hong Kong, where he also made his name as an actor.

His credits include "The Chinese Connection," "Return of the Dragon" and "Enter the Dragon."

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