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We asked eight Asian and Asian American artists to capture the spirit of the Chinese martial arts icon who changed American culture forever.

But first, Bruce Lee was an 18-year-old immigrant from Hong Kong.

Its moviemaking machine routinely cast white actors to play Asian characters, most of whom were bumbling servants or slapstick villains.

And yet, Lee battled through the stereotypes to become the first Asian action star in Hollywood, introducing the world to Chinese martial arts.

Ahead of the new 30 for 30 documentary “Be Water,” we asked eight Asian and Asian American illustrators to reimagine the icon who redefined what an Asian man could be in America.

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