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Asian American History 101

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Jul 11, 2022

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 35!  About 49 years ago, Bruce Lee passed away at the age of 32. Even to this day, Lee is an icon and role model for martial arts, activism, and the Asian Pacific Islander community. With the anniversary of his passing coming up on July 20, we take time to share a little about his life and career. His memory and ideas are still honored by his daughter Shannon Lee and the Bruce Lee Foundation. The foundation is supported through sales of books, shirts, and more at the Bruce Lee Store. We begin this episode by discussing some current events and end it with a new segment called Spectacular API Sidekicks where we decide to embrace the fact that API characters have often been the sidekick in stories. We select one and talk about what makes them amazing. This installment we reflect on Ned Leeds, the spectacular sidekick and “man in the chair” for the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Spider-Man. This role is played by Jacob Battalon, a Filipino American actor born in Hawaii. For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at or social media links at If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at


  • 00:25 Reviewing Current Events
  • 06:15 The Life and Career of Bruce Lee
  • 29:20 Spectacular API Sidekicks: Ned Leeds