Rearticulating Bruce Lee and His ‘Hip Hop Fury’ in Fan-Made Videos

Dorothy W S Lau*

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No Chinese movie star’s name has been perpetuated for so long a time and with such great intensity as Bruce Lee. His bond with hip hop is prominent in his stardom and becomes a visible aspect in his obituary material. This chapter will explore how Lee and his hip-hop-propelled persona are recalled and represented in fan vids, an emergent user-generated cyber media, as an extension of earlier forms of fan-based memorial culture. By examining two fan vids from YouTube, Bruce Lee Tribute Video and Bruce Lee ‘Be Like Water’-A Tribute (40 Year Anniversary), the chapter will argue that fan vids work to sustain Lee’s hip hop connection, allowing him to appear in the global fan circuit as contemporary, compelling, and vibrant even though he has been dead for four decades.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLasting Screen Stars
Subtitle of host publicationImages that Fade and Personas that Endure
EditorsLucy Bolton, Julie Lobalzo Wright
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781137407337
ISBN (Print)9781137407320, 9781349680993
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Music Video
  • Star Image
  • Oppressive Regime
  • Physical Prowess
  • Foreign Film


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