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
India

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

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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