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 Shuyuan Li

Born: China

Known for: Coming from a renowned Beijing Opera family; she is a fourth generation artist in this tradition with a repertoire of more than 50 traditional and modern Beijing operas. The leading female roles she plays feature singing, acting, dancing and martial arts skills. She is a founder and artistic director of the Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society.

Favorite culture tool: Beijing Opera

For more information, please check out the Philadelphia Folklore Project website.