I first joined the White Lotus team not knowing anything about Lion Dancing. However, the effort and sincerity of the leaders and other team members have made this an everyday passion. What I find most interesting is that our practice sessions involve not only conditioning and harnessing our skills, but also bonding and strengthening the relationship amongst the members of the team. I sincerely feel like I am a part of a new family. My parents immigrated here in the 1980’s in search of a better life. But as a result, had a child (me), who has grown up in a society with a completely different culture. So practicing and performing the Hok San style for the local Asian-American community, I feel like has really brought me back to my family’s heritage. Although I am a full time college student and am involved in many other hobbies, I hope to continue my passion in lion dancing and being a part of the White Lotus Lion Dance team for the rest of my life.