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08/03/2013

Bruce Lee To Be Honoured At Asian Awards

Martial arts superstar Bruce Lee is to be celebrated with a Founders Award at the Asian Awards on 16 April at Grosvenor House in London.
Bruce Lee will be honoured at the ceremony as a movie star who helped change the way Asian people are represented in American film.
He is considered an important icon of martial arts cinema and Paul Sagoo, founder of The Asian Awards, wants to celebrate his influence and mark the 40th anniversary of his death.
"Bruce Lee was the first person of Asian descent to successfully crossover into Hollywood and make such a dramatic impact on western cinema," says Sagoo.
"You can argue that if it wasn’t for Lee, Asian culture and martial arts would never have really penetrated western culture and we wouldn’t have the likes of Jackie Chan, Jet Li and now actors like Irfan Khan, who starred in Life of Pi."
Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco on November 27 1940 and died on July 20 1973, of a cerebral oedema. In 1999, Time Magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
Lee is most noted for his roles in the films The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1972), Way of the Dragon (1972), Enter the Dragon (1973) and The Game of Death (1978).
Now in its third year, The Asian Awards is including nominees from across the Asian continent. In previous years, The Asian Awards has recognised the achievements of individuals of South Asian origin, but for the first time, nominees with origins from China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and other East Asian countries have also been considered.
Founder of The Asian Awards Paul Sagoo feels that the expansion is a significant step forward for the program and gives the awards unparalleled global appeal.
"This geographical expansion means that The Asian Awards can now truly live up to its name and celebrate global Asian achievement on an even grander scale. We had always planned to recognise the achievements from the global Asian community and this is an exciting time for The Asian Awards." adds Sagoo.
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