Passing Down Lion Dance Traditions

A younger generation of Asian Americans embraces their heritage

For young Asian Americans, the lion dance, the animated traditional dance often seen during Lunar New Year celebrations, carries a deeper meaning. Whether it’s the symbolism of the lion feasting on a head of lettuce or the meanings behind the lion’s curious, prodding personality, a lion dance carries with it a history that dates back over 1,000 years. In the United States, Asian Americans continue to pass down these traditions, generation by generation. The dance continues to serve as a way for young Asian Americans to stay connected with their heritage.

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