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 Sifu Shu Pui Cheung

Born: Kowloon City in Hong Kong

Known for: His own kung fu school, Cheung’s Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy, which is located in Philadelphia Chinatown; his lion dancers who help mark important celebrations in the Chinese community.

Favorite culture tool: Lion Dance

Quote: “Chinatown without the lion dancers or dragon dancers would be a community filled with people with regret. People have sacrificed so much to come here. People have lost so much – their culture, their language. Without the dances, it would be the final loss.”

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