Be Water, My Friend @ Wing Luke Museum

Read Bruce’s books 📚

📸: Adam Kubota

📅 Ongoing
⏰ Open Wednesday – Monday: 10 am – 5 pm
📍 Wing Luke Museum: 719 S King St, Seattle

The Wing Luke Museum has featured Bruce Lee’s Be Water My Friend exhibition since last July. Why visit now? Well, it’s almost Bruce Lee’s birthday (November 27th!), and a trip to this immersive exhibit is the perfect way to celebrate the legend. Being a Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do (JKD) student myself, the exhibit motivates me and reminds me that Bruce Lee is far more than just a tough legend; he’s also a philosopher.

When you think of Bruce Lee, you might think of kicks flying, Nunchucks cracking, boom, kachow! There’s more to him than this persona; Be Water My Friend creates a path of his readings,  teachings, and personal books along its exhibit’s walls. Its final room immerses you in a mysterious, peaceful space with pools of light on the floor. A quote appears when you step on them, and a screen above explains their context. You feel the gentleness and strength of Bruce Lee and how his influence transcends martial arts—his JKD is a way of life.

After you visit, keep the birthday celebration going with a meal at his favorite restaurantTai Tung, and then honor him at his gravesite at Lake View Cemetery. The Wing Luke also hosts a walking tour of Bruce Lee’s life on Saturday, November 25th.

This article was written on special assignment for The Ticket through the TeenTix Press Corps, a teen arts journalism program run by TeenTix, a youth empowerment and arts access nonprofit organization.

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