This introductory chapter sets out the book’s purpose, namely to interrogate cross-cultural dynamics in two major ways. First, it examines Bruce Lee’s emergence as a cross-cultural hero and global cultural icon through his films and explores how he resonated with the experiences of African American, Asian American, and Hong Kong youth affected by the rise of a global economy in the 1970s. Second, it uses Lee’s films, which prefigure themes that reflect cross-cultural negotiations with global culture, to interrogate post-1990 Afro-Asian novels, films, and anime. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
Keywords: Bruce Lee, cultural icon, films, Africa Americans, Asian Americans, youths, cross-cultural negotiations, Afro-Asian culture