James Liao, centre, pictured with his students at the Lunar New Year celebrations in Kolkata’s Tangra Chinatown. Photo: Handout James Liao, centre, pictured with his students at the Lunar New Year celebrations in Kolkata’s Tangra Chinatown. Photo: Handout
James Liao, centre, pictured with his students at the Lunar New Year celebrations in Kolkata’s Tangra Chinatown. Photo: Handout
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How an ethnic Chinese teacher piqued Indian students’ interest in lion dance and keeps it roaring

  • As one of fewer than 4,000 Chinese-Indians thought to still live in India, James Liao has worked to preserve his community’s traditions over the past 20 years
  • The Kolkata native learned his craft from a Malaysia-based lion dance master, and now looks to pass on the music, moves and ‘virtues’ to his Indian students

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James Liao, centre, pictured with his students at the Lunar New Year celebrations in Kolkata’s Tangra Chinatown. Photo: Handout James Liao, centre, pictured with his students at the Lunar New Year celebrations in Kolkata’s Tangra Chinatown. Photo: Handout
James Liao, centre, pictured with his students at the Lunar New Year celebrations in Kolkata’s Tangra Chinatown. Photo: Handout
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