Bruce Lee’s 2nd Elder Sister, Agnes Lee’s Roots Search In Shunde (aka Shun Tak)January 7 2017 at 8:17 AM
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Bruce Lee’s 2nd Elder Sister, Agnes Lee’s Roots Search In Shunde (aka Shun Tak)
(Source: By Leng Wei-Bing of Guangdong Chu Kong Commercial Press dated 18 Nov 2010)
On the 14th this month, another Bruce’s sibling was on her way to Shunde in search of her family’s roots. She is Agnes Lee Chau-Fung, Bruce’s second elder sister. According to the family record, more than half a century ago, Agnes returned to Shunde with her family, which included her younger brother, Bruce. However, Agnes who is now over 70 years old doesn’t seem to have much impression on this childhood trip in her memory. As from now, the two surviving sisters of Bruce and his younger brother have all been to Shunde, their ancestral hometown.
Secretly visited Bruce’s memorial museum
Days ago, Agnes Lee and her husband were invited to the premier of the movie, “Bruce Lee, My Brother” in HK. After finishing her scheduled activities in HK, she and her hubby were on their way to their ancestral hometown in Shunde. The first stop was Bruce Lee’s Amusement Park.
Madam Wang Fu-Zhen, the GM of the amusement park and Wong Tak-Chiu, the director of Bruce Lee’s Memorial Museum personally welcome the couple. Both Madam Wang and Wong accompanied the couple and introduced the park and the museum to them. Agnes walked slowly and listened quietly to the introduction. Sometimes, she would pick good spots and took photos together with her husband. In Bruce’s Memorial Museum, there are numerous valuable photos which arouse Agnes’ interest, especially a family photo of her parents and siblings, which made her felt like returning to the good old days in HK. She was emotionally touched. Then, Agnes pointed to a blurred group photo of the 3 siblings and said that Bruce was a very mischievous and jovial kid in the family. As long as he was around, there would always be laughter. He would brighten up the atmosphere of the family, and that period was the happiest time in the family. As time got on in the museum, Agnes became more relaxed and seemed more familiar with her tour guides. The conversation between them thus, increased.
Appreciating the hometown's effort for promoting Bruce Lee’s Culture
Touring in the Bruce Lee’s Memorial Museum at a slow pace, Agnes spent about 2 hours looking and observing the souvenir and memorial items, and still found not fully contented. After that, she went to Bruce Lee’s Ancestral House to pray to her ancestors. Agnes said that after immigrated to the U.S., she worked in the medical industry and has stayed in a different city from her sister - Phoebe, brother - Robert and nephew - Shannon. Though they contact one another occasionally but she still heard from them about their mainland China’s hometown is paying particular attention in promoting Bruce Lee’s culture. This time she returned to the hometown by chance and witnessed the wonderful Bruce Lee’s Amusement Park which was heavily invested, built and back up by the Shunde’s local government. She also learnt how the folks and relatives of her hometown researched and compiled Bruce’s materials as well as saw the world’s largest Bruce Lee’s Memorial Museum together with the world’s tallest Bruce Lee’s stature being erected in the hometown of Shunde, she was completely moved. Agnes said, “Even in my own house, it is also impossible to see so many of my brother’s items. I really would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all the effort put in by the town folks and relatives.”
Touring around the city and tasted Shunde’s appetizing dishes
Nov. 23rd will be the opening of Shunde’s Bruce Lee Cultural Festival and it is reported that Shannon will be bringing her daughter to attend Bruce’s 70th Anniversary celebration in Shunde. Agnes came and left in a hurry. However, on the night of 14th, Agnes and her husband were accompanied by the town folks and relatives to Shunde’s new town district to taste the delicious foods of Phoenix city before boarding the ship back to HK. Agnes said she has a good impression of the hometown and will definitely return in the future if there are opportunities.
Lee's siblings photo: https://s24.postimg.org/p0kf00ybp/3814e3269dd24fe0b64e0bd6e7f1a205_th.jpg
Bruce's autographed photo to Agnes: https://s29.postimg.org/xu7s4u31j/4100221476044460.jpg
Robert, Phoebe and Agnes: https://s28.postimg.org/aajjoxp5p/18ec8p9n.jpg
Agnes and husband, Bing Chan (in middle) touring BL's Memorial Museum in Shunde: https://s27.postimg.org/yij8xe6qr/W020101117557309089181.jpg
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