A dance troupe of senior community members in California’s Bay Area have kicked off their Lunar New Year celebrations with a rap song, NPR reports.
The song is called That Lunar Cheer and is a collaboration between rapper Jason Chu and a dance troupe of elderly Asian women called the Grant Avenue Follies. According to ABC 7, the group has been around since the 1950s. In 2021, they created their first rap song in response to the rise in anti-Asian hate.
Their latest song, created in partnership with AARP, describes different Lunar New Year traditions to its listeners.
“We’ve been through a couple challenging years and we want to wish everybody a happy new year as well as making sure that it will be a peaceful and healthy new year. That is very important to us,” Follies co-founder Cynthia Yee told NPR. “We have customs that have to be followed, such as cleaning the house before New Year’s Day to sweep away all the bad luck and welcome the new.”
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