Here are some things to think about:

Who is in your own gallery of valued cultural treasures?

From who have you learned? (And what?)

What do you value and want to pass on?

Where have you taken a stand?

Questions to ask:

  • Can you tell us about where and how you grew up?
  • How did you became an artist or activist?
  • What are the most important things you have learned in your life?
  • What were some of the challenges you have faced?
  • What words of wisdom, or important lessons, do you want to pass on?
  • Who were your most important teachers or influences?
  • When did you take a stand?
  • Tell us the story of a song, story, dance or event/time that you will never forget, or that is important to you.







Artists, Activists, & Elders

photo of Debbie Wei

Born: Norwich, New York

Known for: Being a founder of Asian Americans United; being a founder, principal and CEO of the Folk Arts–Cultural Treasures Charter School in Chinatown; developing Asian Pacific American Studies curriculum for the School District of Philadelphia; co-writing books including In My Heart I am a Dancer and Walking on Solid Ground (with the Philadelphia Folklore Project) and Resistance in Paradise: Rethinking 100 Years of US Involvement in the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Favorite culture tool: Education, Music