U. Washington Students Push for Bruce Lee Memorial

School balking over statue of ex-student
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2007 6:27 PM CST
Bruce Lee, a former student at the University of Washington, is also buried in Seattle.   ((c) kance)
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(Newser) – University of Washington students are petitioning for the right to build a statue of Bruce Lee, the film icon who studied at the university for three years and offered martial arts classes at the student union. Students argue the statue would be step toward better artistic representation of the school's student body, 25% of which is Asian.

"The university throws around the word 'diversity' a lot," one student complained. But some university officials remain skeptical of Lee's potential statuary presence on campus, questioning his non-entertainment merits: "He became a famous personage in one genre of movies. I don't know if he had other claims to fame," remarked one spokesman.