Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival on Sunday Aug 10th!

Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival, Gund Kwok
The Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival will be taking place on Sunday, Aug 10th!

GK lion and dragon stage performances will be at approximately 1PM. Hope to see you all there!

Location: Harrison & Beach Street, Chinatown, Boston, MA
Date: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm
In/Outdoor: Outdoor
Cost: Free

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Boston Chinatown Main Streets Summer Festival Photos!

Check out some of the photos from the day — great job by our GK Cubs with the lion dance stage performance and to GK members keeping down our fort on Harrison Ave!

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GK Performance on Sat, JUN 7th 4PM @ Boston Medical Center

ExprASIANS - fundraiser sponsored by Boston Medical Center in support of Asian Women for Health

We’re opening the ceremony for ExprAsians to support Asian women health!

To purchase tickets or learn more, visit the ExprAsians website.

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Boston Shines Neighborhood Cleanup: Chinatown, Saturday May 10th

Boston Shines Neighborhood Cleanup: Chinatown Saturday, May 10th

The GK Team will be out in full force Saturday morning, May 10th in Boston Chinatown for the annual neighborhood cleanup called Boston Shines.

Spring is coming and it’s once again time for Boston Shines! This annual, city-wide clean-up has become a staple in the City of Boston, and we look forward to continuing this wonderful tradition with the new Administration. It will take place over three weekends this Spring, divided regionally to allow for the best use of resources.

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New Event! GK Lion Dance in Back Bay on Saturday, May 10th at 2PM!

New Event! GUND KWOK Lion Dance in Back Bay on Saturday, May 10th at 2PM!

What is the lion doing at the Boston Women Memorial at Back Bay? Why is the lion there? If you wonder why, come find out with us this Saturday, May 10th at 2pm, at the Boston Women Memorial at Back Bay.

Let’s go see what is the lion up to!

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An Invitation to Lion Dance with GK!

On Saturday, May 10th there is a surprise event at Women’s Memorial Back Bay (Commonwealth Ave Mall — between Fairfield St & Gloucester St), Boston, MA 02116) to honor women making history, and we are inviting you to join us.

Tell your friends, family, and spread the words. Come join us and bring a friend!

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GK Cubs perform at Wheelock Family Theatre on Sat, April 12 for 2014 WHEEL Award Honoring Grace Lin

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

The GK Cubs will be taking the stage on Saturday, April 12th at noon at the Wheelock Family Theatre where Grace Lin will be awarded the 2014 WHEEL award.

The events and activities scheduled include:

  • Traditional Chinese Lion Dance Performance
  • Grace Lin on Dragons
  • Lion Dance Workshop for Kids
  • Dumpling Day!
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • Performance of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon 3:00 p.m.

For more information on the full activities and to purchase tickets, please visit:
http://www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org/special-events.aspx

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Dragon Dance Trial Class Sign-Up! Mon, April 7 @ 6:30PM-9PM

The Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe is hosting a FREE trial class for Asian women in the Greater Boston area.

Where have I seen your troupe before?
Many places! Here’s a short list: Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration, Quincy Lunar New Year Celebration, BU’s Origins Culture Show, and on TV and in movies: The Departed!

What is Gund Kwok?
Gund Kwok, which means heroine in Chinese, symbolizes women’s power and strength. We are a team of dynamic Asian American women of all ages, professional backgrounds, and personalities! Check out the unique GK experience on NPR!

What is Dragon Dance?
The dragon dance is a highlight of Chinese New Year and other major celebrations held worldwide in Chinatowns around the world. Check out our moves!

What is a trial class?
A trial class is open to all Asian American women of all ages and is an opportunity to try Dragon Dance. You will be given an introduction of Dragon Dance, followed by a warm up, and then off to get under the dragon!

Hope to see you there!

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GK Cubs at BCNC’s Chinese New Year Banquet on Fri, Mar 7th!

BCNC's Chinese New Year Banquet

This Friday on March 7, 2014, the GK Cubs will be taking the stage to celebrate the New Year with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center at the Empire Garden Restaurant in Chinatown.

BCNC's Chinese New Year Banquet
GK Cubs at BCNC, 2012

Go GK Cubs!

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GK Dragon Dance at Boston Univ. Origins Culture Show [VIDEO]

Here are the GK Dragonettes making a memorable entrance…well, not entirely captured here, but we took down the curtain backstage area. I mean, the MCs were talking about the dragon destroying the village so we took that to heart and did it.

Anyhow, thank you Boston University Chinese Student Association for having us be a part of your show!

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GK at Boston University’s Chinese Students Association Origins Show

BUCSA Presents: Origins (CSA Culture Show)

This Sunday on February 23rd, the GK Dragonettes will be taking the stage at the Metcalf Ballroom at Boston University with a dragon dance performance on stage.

The BU Chinese Students Association will be presenting “Origins,” a culture show celebrating Chinese culture.

EVENT DETAILS: Doors open at 5:00PM in Metcalf Ballroom

Tickets: $5

For more information, visit the BU CSA Website.

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Throwback Thursday: GK with…Samantha Brown of the Travel Channel

Photo Feb 20, 2 31 46 PM

A few years back Samantha Brown of the Travel Channel came to try out dragon dance with us for a segment about….Boston! But, of course! 🙂

It was a lot of fun filming at the Boston Common.

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GK Featured in the Sampan Newspaper

Image courtesy of Mary “Molly” Finn
Image courtesy of Mary “Molly” Finn

In last week’s issue of the Sampan Newspaper, the GK Dragonettes were featured in an article re-capping the Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival. Beautiful photo!

Chinatown rings in Lunar New Year
By Mary “Molly” Finn

On a bright and crisp morning, the greater Chinatown community gathered in Philips Square to begin the Year of the Horse with good fortune and luck on Feb. 9. Several local leaders and community sponsors greeted the crowd in Chinese and English for a productive new year and appreciation for the traditional performances.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh pledged to work with his council to make sure long-term residents can stay in Chinatown.

Boston District 2 city councilor Bill Linehan thanked Chinatown families, residents of District 2, for their support. Linehan said the Year of the Horse is symbolic for him because he has been called a “cowboy.” Linehan hoped the next year embodied the strong and energetic qualities of a horse, full of prosperity.

Michelle Wu, the first Asian female Boston city councilor-at-large wished the crowd a happy new year. Malden Mayor Gary Christenson, captured the crowd’s attention as he read his speech, composed entirely in Mandarin. And Lisa Wong, mayor of Fitchburg, reminded people that the most important thing is family. She asked for help wishing her grandmother, a late Chinatown resident, “Gong hei fat choi!” or good luck and prosperity.

The dances were full of color and energy as the lions jumped around the stage. Ultimately a lion tossed an orange, a symbol of prosperity, to a lucky young member in the crowd. Of the six acts, one featured Gund Kwok, the first all-women’s lion dance club, taking the stage with two bright yellow lions and their tamer. Recently recognized on NPR, Gund Kwok has expanded the Chinese tradition of martial arts here in Boston from a historically male-dominated sport.

Phuni Meston held her younger daughter and swayed to the beat of the drum to keep warm as the lion dancers performed. This is her younger daughter’s second Chinese New Year celebration. Her husband, Eddy, studied kung fu for more than two decades at the White Crane School, formally known as Woo Ching’s Bak Hok Pai, which performed at the event.

Meston said it was “so important to expose my daughters to kung fu to find balance in life and maintain a cultural connection” to their heritage. Having grown up in Taiwan, she saw much political strife; meanwhile, cultural traditions, dance and celebrations sustained the people throughout the years.

The cultural performances celebrated Chinese New Year, which officially began Jan. 31.

Visit Sampan.org for the original article.

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GK at the Museum of Fine Arts Lunar New Year Celebration

Check out the parade and stage performance from a couple weeks ago — one day before our lion dancing marathon in Boston Chinatown. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is a beautiful space to perform in and the crowd & staff were amazing!

Stage Performance

Lion Parade

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