My interest in lion dance began at a young age but it wasn’t until I joined Gia Dinh Phat Tu Minh Quangwhen I was 12, I had the opportunity to join a team. My role from the beginning was mainly the tail, due to my size and strength. I continued my growth as tail, as I grew bigger and stronger, the team as well also grew. We made a transition from traditional Fut San to Hok san style of dance, essentially learning on our own through YouTube videos, and asking peers on social media. There was a point where I honestly thought the team was done because of members going to college, growing up, and conflicts of schedule. I personally made mistakes by missing and arriving late to performances and I regret it letting my brothers down. Thankfully we gather together, got over our humps and continue to do what we love, TOGETHER. We have grown so much over the past 12 years, this lion dance team has made such a significant impact in my life, and I can’t thank all the original members enough for the memories, bond, blood, sweat and tears we’ve endured together. I have some of my closest friends on this team, shout out to the Trio (Thien, Kevin and myself); Looking back, lion dancing has given me a sense of fulfillment because I was never good enough to make a school sports team but I was able to excel in lion dancing. My love and passion for lion dance cannot be describe. To see how far we have made it from the beginning is truly inspiring and incredible. I’m grateful for this team, this brotherhood, this family we have created.