Published: Nov. 1, 2022

A virtual conversation with Dr. Daryl Maeda, Author of "Like Water: A Culture History of Bruce Lee" on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

"Like Water: A Cultural History of Bruce Lee" event recording

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About the Event:

The CHA and partners hosted virtual discussion with Dr. Daryl Maeda's on his most recent book, "Like Water: A Cultural History of Bruce Lee." An Asian and Asian American icon of unimaginable stature and influence, Bruce Lee revolutionized the martial arts by combining influences drawn from around the world. By blending cultural history with biography, "Like Water" unearths the cultural strands that Lee intertwined in his rise to global stardom. This speaking engagement was moderated by Dr. Stanley Thangaraj of Stonehill College's Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice. This virtual event was on November 1, 2022 at 9AM MT on Zoom and was open to the public.

The first 80 registrants who are affiliated with CU Boulder (faculty, staff or student) received a FREE copy of "Like Water". You must be willing to come to campus to pick up the book. Please be sure to use your CU email address when registering.

"Like Water: A Cultural History of Bruce Lee" showcasese Bruce Lee’s influence beyond martial arts and film.

An Asian and Asian American icon of unimaginable stature and influence, Bruce Lee revolutionized the martial arts by combining influences drawn from around the world. Uncommonly determined, physically gifted, and artistically brilliant, Lee rose to fame that bridged the nearly seven thousand miles between Hong Kong and California. Like Water unpacks Lee’s global impact, linking his legendary status as a martial artist, actor, and director to his continual traversals across the newly interconnected Asia and America.

Daryl Joji Maeda’s account of Bruce Lee’s legacy uniquely traces how movements and migrations across the Pacific Ocean structured the cultures Bruce Lee inherited, the milieu he occupied, the martial art he developed, the films he made, and the world he left behind. A unique blend of cultural history and biography, Like Water unearths the cultural strands that Lee intertwined in his rise to a new kind of global stardom. His cultural chronology of Bruce Lee reveals Lee to be both a product of his time and a harbinger of a more connected future.

Nearly half a century after his tragic death, Bruce Lee remains an inspiring symbol of innovation and determination, with an enduring legacy as the first Asian American global superstar.

Daryl Joji Maeda, PhD, is the Dean and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as a professor in the Ethnic Studies department in the College of Arts & Sciences. An interdisciplinary cultural historian, Dr. Maeda is a nationally recognized scholar in Asian American studies and comparative ethnic studies. He has published three books and numerous articles and book chapters on Asian American activism in the 1960s and 1970s. Dr. Maeda explores how racial identities and politics are embedded within and expressed through cultural productions. His main interest is the social movements for racial justice of the late 1960s and early 1970s. In his most recently published book, "Like Water: A Cultural History of Bruce Lee", he explores the cultural history of the iconic martial artist and actor Bruce Lee.

Stanley Thangaraj, Ph.D., joined the Stonehill College community in 2022. As the inaugural James E. Hayden Chair for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice, he leads the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice, an interdisciplinary hub supporting faculty and student research that examines how race, ethnicity, and other categories of difference are infused in structures of power.