The Hong Kong government Wednesday threw its weight behind plans to transform Bruce Lee’s former home into a museum.
Rita Lau, the territory’s secretary for commerce and economic development, said the government had been discussing plans with the owner, Yu Panglin, to restore the two-story townhouse, nicknamed the Crane’s Nest by the late martial arts star (Daily Variety, July 8.)
“Opening it to local and overseas visitors can commemorate Mr. Lee and his achievements, and will also bring tourism benefits to Hong Kong,” Lau told Legco, Hong Kong’s equivalent of a parliament.
Last June, Yu announced plans to sell the building but abandoned them after lobbying by fans, who feared it would be demolished by a developer. Lee, who lived in the house only between 1972 and his death from cerebral edema in 1973, has museums in California and Guangzhou, China, dedicated to his memory. Memorials are noticeably lacking in Hong Kong, where he made most of his iconic films.