GK Lions in Boston.com

Check out all the photos from Boston Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade at Boston.com! Here are a couple of GK 🙂

GK Lions and the Buddha blessing a shop (from Boston.com)
GK Lions and the Buddha blessing a shop (from Boston.com)
GK Lions parading (from Boston.com)
GK Lions parading (from Boston.com)
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GK Lion Dance Parade in Metro Newspaper

Guess what? We were in today’s Metro Newspaper!

Chinatown Horses Around (Metro Newspaper, 2/10/2014)
Chinatown Horses Around (Metro Newspaper, 2/10/2014)

Oh lady, talk about a marathon session of lion dancing. After the lion and dragon stage performances, we were parading with two lions in the streets of Chinatown from 11AM until 4:30PM! Needless to say, some of us scheduled in some massages today 🙂

To get all the latest GK Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year updates and photos, “Like” our Facebook page! 🙂

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Become a GK Volunteer for Lunar New Year Festival!

Become a GK Volunteer!

Help ring in the upcoming Lunar New Year (Year of the Horse) with the Gund Kwok Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe, as they parade through the streets of Chinatown and lion dance for the stores and restaurants, as well as perform on the main stage. Gund Kwok is one of 8-10 troupes performing that day. You also get to experience an unforgettable day of Chinese New Year sights, sounds, and smells!

Get a glimpse of the experience from last year – look at GK pictures from Lunar New Year 2013:

As a volunteer ….

Roles:
You will be assigned to be a

  • flag carrier
  • crowd control person
  • runner
  • cart lugger
  • photographer
  • videographer
  • helping with miscellaneous tasks

Attire:
You will get to borrow and wear a Gund Kwok hooded sweatshirt to identify that you are with the Troupe. Please dress in layers and wear hats, scarves and gloves/mittens. Please wear black pants and comfortable, appropriate footwear. Ear plugs, hand and toe warmer packets are provided if needed. Please do not carry any backpacks or other bags on you — personal belongings may be kept at the GK “Den” (someone is stationed during the entire day to track the comings and goings of all volunteers and troupe members, and to keep an eye on your belongings).

Food:
Breakfast and lunch are provided. ALL volunteers are invited to stay for a free dinner that evening to thank you for your time and commitment (Restaurant: Hei La Moon, in Chinatown)

Information/Contact Info:
Days prior to the Festival, you will receive documents and information for the day of the Festival, including FAQ’s and Volunteer Role Descriptions, and information for the Gund Kwok Volunteer Liaison (your main volunteer contact on that day).

Date/Time:
Sunday, February 9, 2014 / 9:00am – 4pm (shifts available)

Where:
Boston Chinatown; meet at China Trade Center; 2 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Volunteer SHIFTS

All day:
9:00 am to 4 pm (or whenever we finish)

Half Day:
9:00 am to 1pm

Transportation:
Take public transportation. Street parking is virtually non-existent on the day of the event.

MBTA:

  • Green Line – “Boylston Street” T stop
  • Orange Line – “Chinatown” or “New England Medical Center” T stops
  • Red Line – “Downtown Crossing” or “Park Street” T stops

RSVP with:

  1. your shift preference
  2. your role preference, and
  3. yes/no to join for dinner

RSVP by Sunday, February 2 by filling out the form below:

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2013 We Are Boston Gala

We Are Boston 2013 Gala

 

The ladies of GK will be welcoming guests tonight at the We Are Boston Gala at the Boston Convention Center!

The 2013 We Are Boston Gala will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2013. This event attracts nearly one thousand friends and supporters, from diverse communities, that come together to recognize the remarkable and diverse talents that have made immigrants so integral to the fabric of our city.

Your generosity helps to support 25 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs that serve over 1,000 adult immigrants across the city, as well as the New Bostonians Summit Initiative that addresses the three key challenges identified by our immigrant communities: ESOL, Jobs, and K-12 Education.

Learn more about the organization here.

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‘Luxury Urbanism’ in Boston’s Chinatown

Boston Chinatown
The Kensington apartments and Millenium Place condominiums, behind, tower over Chinatown at the intersection of Stuart, Kneeland and Washington streets. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Our practice space is right around the corner from the newly-built Kensington and Millenium Place. It’s the changing face of Chinatown…

Over the decades, cheap rents made the neighborhood an attractive place for waves of immigrants — Irish, Italians and Jews. At one time the area was even called Syriatown.

But today, the neighborhood of low-rise buildings is in high demand. New luxury apartment buildings are driving up property values, and driving out longtime residents. They’re being displaced by a new wave of immigrants — wealthy entrepreneurs, from China.

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[via WBUR]

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GK To Celebrate Boston Children’s Museum’s Centennial

Gund Kwok dragon dance at 2013 Boston August Moon Festival
Gund Kwok dragon dance at 2013 Boston August Moon Festival

This Friday on October 4th at 8PM, GK will be participating in an outdoor dragon dance performance in celebration of the Boston Children’s Museum’s 100th Birthday!

Join us for an outdoor performance collaboration by 500 members of Boston Children’s Chorus supported by Urbanity Dance and Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion and Dragon Dance Group. This half-hour celebration will culminate with Boston Children’s Museum’s Friday night family learning and singing the song commissioned for our 100th anniversary, “I Am a River of Hope” by composer Jim Papoulis. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime experience!

For more information, visit Boston Children’s Museum.

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Kung Fu Federation Mid-Autumn Celebration Dinner

The Ladies of GK at the Kung Fu Federation's Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
The Ladies of GK at the Kung Fu Federation’s Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

A few members from both the lion and dragon teams came out to celebrate the Kung Fu Federation’s Mid Autumn Festival at the Hei La Moon restaurant in Boston, MA last Sunday on September 15.

The evening opened up with a lion dance performance followed by a solo performance of traditional Chinese dance, martial arts demonstrations in tai chi, kung fu, shao lin, Filipino fight sticks, and more. It was action-packed.

Sifus, instructors, and representatives from respective schools and troupes gather for a photo together.
Sifus, instructors, and representatives from respective schools and troupes gather for a photo together.
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Boston August Moon Festival Lion & Dragon Dance Performances

If you didn’t get a chance to catch our lion and dragon dance performances, you can check them out here 🙂

Lion Dance kicked off the festival.

Dragon Dance opened up the main stage performances.

Thanks to our friend BrianAnime for the footage!

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Boston August Moon Festival 2013

Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival

The Boston August Moon Festival will be taking place this coming Sunday in Chinatown!

GK will be up on the stage first with both lion and dragon dance performances. The weather is looking to be just perfect so come on out! The event runs until 5PM.

🙂

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ASPIRE’s Scholarship Award Ceremony

Gund Kwok was honored and proud to award the recipients of this year’s ASPIRE scholarship.

With financial support from the Gund Kwok Asian Women Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe, ASPIRE launched the Asian American Women’s Scholarship in 2011. The goal of the scholarship is to support an outstanding and community-oriented Asian American young woman in her pursuit of higher education.

The event, Dear Diary: Re-imagining the Pages, was held on Friday, May 24 at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and brought the community together to hear featured stories of young Asian American women.

Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe Scholarship Award Ceremony
Opening the scholarship ceremony. (photo courtesy of Andy Lee)
Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe Scholarship Award Ceremony
The lion presenting scholarships to the chosen recipients. (photo courtesy of Andy Lee)
Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe Scholarship Award Ceremony
Congratulations Ladies! (photo courtesy of Andy Lee)
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Kung Fu Federation Banquet

Gund Kwok at Kung Fu Federation Banquet in Boston, MA
GK lion and dragon members attending the Kung Fu Federation Banquet held at Hei La Moon Restaurant in Boston, MA
Gund Kwok at Kung Fu Federation Banquet
It was a night of martial arts and…FOOD!
Gund Kwok at Kung Fu Federation Banquet in Boston, MA
There was no food left — the ladies ate everything! Well done, well done 🙂

It was a great night filled with martial arts, food, and drinks — that’s about what makes for a fun GK night 🙂

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“Somewhere Between” Documentary

TRAILER: Somewhere Between – A Feature Documentary from Linda Knowlton on Vimeo.

My daughter’s name is Ruby. She is five. When my husband and I adopted her from China we had no idea what lay ahead. In an instant, we became a family. I began to think about Ruby’s future and started to wonder how her coming of age would differ from mine. SOMEWHERE BETWEEN tells intimate stories of what it is like to come-of-age as a trans-racial adoptee in today’s America, as examined through the POV of some of the 79,562 adopted girls from China. Through these girls we will explore identity, racism, and gender. Through the voices of these young women, we will see not just their lives, but our own, reflected back to us – whether we are adoptive families or not. SOMEWHERE BETWEEN will start a dialogue about what we see, who we are, and the changing face of the American family. This film is about the 79,562 girls growing up in America. Right now.

If you have Netflix, you should definitely check this one out. I’m not gonna lie. At one point, I did cry.

Very powerful and moving.

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“They’re All So Beautiful” web series

They’re All So Beautiful” is a six-part Web series/forum focused specifically on the attraction that Asian women hold for Caucasian men, and director Debbie Lum interviews men in the throes of “yellow fever” — whether they like to admit to the term or not.

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These webisodes are leading up to the documentary Seeking Asian Female, which premieres on PBS on May 6, 2013 at 10pm ET.

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ASPIRE Asian American Women’s Scholarship Fund, 2013

ASPIRE's 2nd Annual Asian American Women's Scholarship Fund

ASPIRE invites Asian American young women in pursuit of higher education to apply for this year’s Asian American Women’s Scholarship Fund. With financial support from Gund Kwok Asian Women Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe, this scholarship will be awarded to two Asian American young women entering their first years in a two or four year accredited post-secondary institution in the amount of $1,000. These awardees should demonstrate strong leadership skills and the ability to make a meaningful impact in the Asian American community.

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