Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation Benefit: A Celebration of Courage on OCT 23rd!

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We will be performing a lion dance this Friday, October 23rd at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Event: Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation Benefit: A Celebration of Courage
Where: MIT Sloan School of Management, 100 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142
When: Friday, 23 October, 2015 at 7:00pm
For more information: http://www.payit2.com/collect-page/68540

Guest of Honor:
Michael Brosowski, Co-Founder, from Hanoi, Vietnam

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status that rescues street children in Vietnam and provides services tailored to the individual needs of each child: education, nutrition, health care, counseling, legal advocacy, safe shelter, and rescue from trafficking. 

10 Reasons Why You Should Lion / Dragon Dance with Gund Kwok

GUND KWOK, Asian Women's Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe | Boston, MA USA

You’re thinking about doing lion/dragon dance. So, just do it already — SIGN-UP! But, if you need more reasons, here are 10 to help you say, “Yes!” to lion/dragon dance with Gund Kwok.

 

1. Become stronger and more flexible! You’ll gain 20+ workout buddies who won’t let you quit.
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2. Eat, eat & eat lots of food — after practice, random hang-outs, and GK parties. Be prepared!
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3. Compete with the men and be as good as they are!
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4. Film a movie or TV scene with Matt Damon, Kevin Spacey, and Samantha Brown…not to name-drop or anything 😛
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5. Need a space to yell and scream? We do a LOT of it here. The louder, the better.
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6. Have everyone think you are badass because you will be one.
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7. Clothing swaps. We like to get together and swap clothes that actually fit Asian women.

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8. Built-in sisterhood. Have your own group of cheerleaders following you everywhere.
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9. Have bragging rights to doing something none of your friends can do.
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10. Finally — and, most important — become powerful in everything you do. Live a bigger life!
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Motivation Monday: “I wanted to fly, so that’s what I did.” ~Katherine Sui Fun Cheung

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“I wanted to fly, so that’s what I did.” Katherine Sui Fun Cheung

She was the first Chinese-American woman to become a licensed pilot; she earned her license in 1932, when only 1% of licensed pilots in America were female. Cheung was known for her breathtaking stunts, such as flying upside down in an open cockpit.

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FREE Dragon Dance Class in October!

GUND KWOK, Asian Women's Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe | Boston, MA USA

For 2015, we will be holding a FREE Dragon Dance class. Choose one of the following dates to join in:

  • Monday, OCT 19th at 6:30PM-9PM
  • Monday, OCT 26th at 6:30PM-9PM

If you’re an Asian female, come join us for a trial class. It’s fun and FREE! Classes are located on the lower level of the China Trade Center in Boston Chinatown. Bring workout clothes, sneakers, and a water bottle. For more information, contact kdbobrov@gmail.com.

To sign up, please fill out the form:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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.

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