An American Mulan Story: 2015 Short Waves BAAFF Submission

This Short Waves 2015 submission by Mei Lei is presented by Boston Asian American Film Festival. Short Waves: Stories Shaping Our Community is BAAFF’s screening of short videos in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May. The screening featured shorts collected from the Open Call.

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Gund Kwok Lion Dancing – An American Mulan Story from Mei Lei on Vimeo.

As an Asian American filmmaker, I wanted to discover the inner strength of the Asian American women in Gund Kwok dragon and lion dancing troupe, where these group of women push their boundaries and keep their culture & identity at the same time. ~Mei Lei, filmaker

 

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Learn Lion & Dragon Dance! Classes start SEP 10th!

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Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe is offering a 10-Week Lion Dance Trial Class, which includes a free Dragon Dance Trial class, is available for only $100 with an opportunity to join our troupe upon graduation. All skill levels are welcome and accepted!

When: Every Thursday, 6:30-9:00pm
Duration: 10 weeks, September 10 until November 12, 2015
Location: China Trade Center, 2 Boylston St. (lower level)
What to Bring: Workout clothes, sneakers, water
Cost: $100 (check or cash accepted)

Content: Each class will begin with exercise to condition and build stamina. The rest of class time will be devoted to learning different skills and moves for the lion.
Note: Your trial class will be taught by many different GK Lion troupe members and occur during GK’s regular lion practice time. This means you get to meet and learn from all the wonderful GK lion dancers!

Contact: Heang Ly, heangly@gmail.com by September 4th, 2015

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Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival, Sunday, AUG 9, 2015

Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival 2015

The Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival will be taking place this weekend on Sunday, August 9th in the AM. We’ll be one of the first troupes up on stage performing the lion and dragon dance.

For more information, check out our Facebook Page.

Location: Harrison & Beach Street, Chinatown, Boston, MA
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

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Photos from the 4th Annual Boston Seafood Festival Performance

It was a very hot day yesterday — even at 11AM. It was a perfect day for some lion dancing at the Boston Seafood Festival. Check out some of the photos below:

The 4th Annual Boston Seafood Festival on the historic Boston Fish Pier on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015.

Posted by Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe on Monday, August 3, 2015

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4th Annual Boston Seafood Festival on AUG 2nd, 2015

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GK will be opening up the 4th Annual Boston Seafood Festival at Boston Fish Pier with a lion dance at 11:30AM!

The Boston Fisheries Foundation welcomes you to join us for the Fourth Annual Boston Seafood Festival on the historic Boston Fish Pier on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015. This family-friendly event will be taking place from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM. It will be a day of sensational seafood tastings, clambakes and chef demos, educational events, and family fun. MORE

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The First Women’s Lion Dance Troupe in Boston, 1938

The First Women's Lion Dance Troupe in Boston, 1938

Here’s a little bit of a Boston history lesson. Did you know that the first women’s lion dance troupe in Boston was formed in 1938?

We learned about this recently thanks to the Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE), which shares the same building as our practice space in the China Trade Center.

For the past few weeks, CHSNE have put up a wonderful banner display and posters illustrating the timeline of the history of Boston’s Chinatown.

The women’s lion dance troupe fact definitely caught our attention.

Boston’s first women’s lion dance troupe was organized to participate in fund-raising from the Chinese community to assist China in its defense during the Sino-Japanese War. The entire troupe consisted of eight girls, most of whom were only 11-12 years old.

To learn more, visit the CHSNE website to schedule a visit and/or tour OR check out their book Chinese in Boston, 1870-1965 — you can preview a sample of the book here.

Chinese in Boston, 1870-1965 (Images of America: Massachusetts) by Chinese Historical Society of New England

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GK Cubs’s Lion Dance Performance at BCNC’s Lunar New Year Banquet

Check out the GK Cubs during their lion dance performance at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center New Year's Banquet!

Posted by Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe on Thursday, April 2, 2015

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Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Annual Chinese New Year Banquet: Year Of The Sheep

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center's Annual Chinese New Year Banquet: Year Of The Sheep | GUND KWOK

The GK Lion and Cubs Team will be performing at BCNC’s Annual New Year Banquet on Friday, March 6th!

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc. (BCNC) invites you to join us for our annual Chinese New Year Banquet on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Empire Garden Restaurant in Chinatown. We will celebrate the Year of the Sheep with good fortune and prosperity.

The BCNC Chinese New Year banquet is an annual sold-out event and one of the largest community celebrations in Chinatown, with 600 guests in attendance. This year, we will present the Friends of BCNC Award to Renee Inomata and Paul Lee, and the Amelia Peabody Foundation.

The banquet also serves as the biggest fundraiser for BCNC, raising much needed funds to provide essential services to 2,000 children, youth and adults a year. BCNC’s banquet leverages great visibility and showcases your philanthropic partnership with the Asian community. The banquet includes a wine and dim-sum reception, a traditional dinner, a live auction, and a silent auction.

http://www.bcnc.net/index.php/event/284/annual-chinese-new-year-banquet-year-of-the-sheep.html

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Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Lion & Dragon Dance Stage Performance (Video)

Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Lion & Dragon Dance Stage Performance | GUND KWOK

Here’s this past Sunday’s Lion & Dragon Dance stage performances. This kicked off our day-long lion dance parading through the streets of Chinatown.

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2015 Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Lion Parade

2015 Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Lion Parade

Here’s about 25 minutes of lion parading and music from this past Sunday’s Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Lion Parade. Thanks again to all our volunteers and friends for sticking with us from the beginning starting from about 9AM until we finished at about 4:30PM!

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PEM Lunar New Year Cubs’ Lion Dance Performance (Video)

PEM Lunar New Year Cubs' Lion Dance Performance (Video)

And here are the GK Cub’s flag intro and lion dance performance. What a great job!

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PEM Lunar New Year Lion Dance Performance (Video)

PEM Lunar New Year Lion Dance Performance (Video)

If you weren’t able to make it out to the Peabody Essex Museum at Salem, MA last Saturday, here’s video of the lion dance performance!

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Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration & Lion Parade

Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration & Lion Parade 2015 | GUND KWOK
When Lions meet, they say, “Hi!”

What a great day of lion dancing! We’d like to thank all our volunteers and friends for making the day a success!

Check our Our Facebook page and find ‘GundKwok’ on Instagram for the latest and greatest photos and videos!

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PEM Lunar New Year Celebration on Sat, Feb 28, 2015!

PEM Lunar New Year Celebration on Sat, Feb 28! GUND KWOK

The GK Lion and Cubs Teams will be performing at the Peabody Essex Museum on Saturday, February 28, 2015 to welcome the Year of the Goat!

PERFORMANCE
Gund Kwok: Lion Dance
11-11:45 am | Atrium
Help us kick off the celebrations with a lion dance performance by Gund Kwok, the only all-women lion dance group in the country.

MORE INFO: http://www.pem.org/calendar/event/1233-lunar_new_year

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Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year from GUND KWOK!

 

We’d like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year!

And if you’d like to celebrate the Year of the Goat with us, there are a few opportunities to do so!

MFA Boston Lunar New Year Celebration on Sat, Feb 21 from noon-2:30PM

Peabody Essex Museum Lunar New Year Celebration on Sat, Feb 28 from 11AM-1PM

Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Lion Dance Parade on Sun, Mar 1 from 10AM-5PM
Note that we are still in need of volunteers! Please sign-up and be a part of this Lunar New Year tradition! More information can be found here. To sign up, fill out the form below:

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