GK at Boston Women’s March for America

On Saturday, January 21, GK helped kick off the Boston Women’s March for America at Boston Common. It was an honor to be a part of such a powerful movement – for equality, women’s rights…human rights. More than 200K people came out.

Some photos from the march:

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Join Us at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts on SAT, February 4th for Lunar New Year Festivities!

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with free admission all day long. We have two lion dance performances scheduled starting at 11:30AM at the Remis Auditorium! Be sure to get there early – once seating has reached capacity the doors will close. Hope to see you there!

Lion Dance Performance #1
11:30am – 12:15pm | Remis Auditorium

Lion Dance Performance #2
1:30pm – 2:15pm | Remis Auditorium

Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese art and traditions while enjoying activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day. Info is still being updated at: www.mfa.org/programs/special-event/lunar-new-year-celebration so be sure to check back for full event listing and times.

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GK at Boston Women’s March for America!

This Saturday, January 21, GK will be lion dancing AND marching with our fellow citizens to send a message that we are all united against ignorance and hate. Come show your support at 11AM at the Boston Common!

On January 21, 2017, we will unite in Boston to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation — among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQIA and people with disabilities. MORE INFO

Visit www.bostonwomensmarchforamerica.org.

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Thank You to Our Amazing Volunteers!

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

We’d like to thank our amazing volunteers for making this year’s Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration a success!

From holding flags to dropping lion heads & a dragon off to going to all the shops so that they’d be ready for us to steering the drum cart to making sure our supply cart was stocked to crowd control and to everything else in between — we THANK YOU!

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Rescheduled Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Lion Dance Parade for Sunday, FEB 21 @ 10AM!

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

The arctic temperatures did not cooperate with us last Sunday, but the celebration has been rescheduled for the upcoming Sunday on February 21, 2016 at 10AM!

Again, the event will kick off at 1oAM on Harrison Avenue in Boston Chinatown (near Kaze Shabu Shabu, Cha Time, Beard Papa’s, and Asian Garden Restaurant) with stage performances. Lion dancers will then go around with their troupes to all the shops and restaurants blessing them and bringing good fortune for the new year.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please sign up at http://gundkwok.org/volunteer/.

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See you SUNDAY, FEB 21 at 10AM!

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Lion Dance Performance at Museum of Fine Arts Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, FEB 6th

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

GK will help celebrate the lunar new year with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on February 6th with lion dance performances at 1:30PM and 3:30PM. Admission to the museum will be FREE!

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to ring in the Year of the Monkey! Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day. Be sure to find the vibrant floral arrangements around the building and stop in for an Asian-inspired lunch at the Garden Cafeteria. And visit the MFA’s newest display, featuring art from the prosperous and vibrant Song dynasty (960–1279)—regarded as a pinnacle of Chinese art and aesthetics.

For more information, visit the MFA Website: http://www.mfa.org/programs/series/lunar-new-year-celebration

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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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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!

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Call for 2015 Chinatown Lunar New Year GK Volunteers! We need YOU!

Become a GK Volunteer!

Help ring in the upcoming Lunar New Year (Year of the Goat) 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 on Sunday, March 1st. 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!

Gund Kwok, the only Asian Women Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe in the United States, was established in February 1998 to give Asian women an opportunity to express their creativity, power and strength through performing the lion and dragon dances.

Get a glimpse of the experience from last year – look at GK pictures from Lunar New Year 2014: Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year 2014

As a volunteer ….

Roles

You will be assigned to be a flag carrier, crowd control person, runner, cart lugger, photographer, videographer, or 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).

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.

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MFA Boston Lunar New Year Celebration on Sat, Feb 21, 2015!

Gund Kwok at Museum of Fine Arts Boston by Mandy Hong
Gund Kwok at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2014 (photography by Mandy Hong)

Gund Kwok will once again be making an appearance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on Saturday, February 21, 2015 to welcome the Year of the Goat!

There will be two lion parades at 12:30PM and 2:30PM in addition to two performances at 1PM and 3PM. Admission will be FREE!

Free admission for all! Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to ring in the Year of the Goat! Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day. Be sure to look for the vibrant floral arrangements around the building and stop in for an Asian-inspired lunch at the Garden cafeteria.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Story Hour | 10:30–11:30 am and 1–2 pm; Gallery 285 Sign Language Interpretation
Presentation: Lunar New Year around the World | 11 am–Noon; Riley Seminar Room, 156
Musical Performance: Hapum Haneun Hama | 12:15–12:45 and 2:15–2:45 pm; Gallery 250
Lion Dance Parades | 12:30 and 2:30 pm; Shapiro Family Courtyard and Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art
Lion Dance Performances | 1 pm and 3 pm; Remis Auditorium
Community Arts Initiative Partner Spotlight | 10 am–4:45 pm; Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159

MORE INFO: http://www.mfa.org/programs/series/lunar-new-year-celebration

You can also check out some photos from last year at: http://www.mandyhong.com/lunar-new-year-celebration-with-mfa-boston/ — THANKS Mary Hong for the wonderful write-up!

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