"Gai Mou Sou" Rap
A rap to assert the vitality of seniors and stand firmly against anti-Asian hate crimes.
Grant Avenue Follies
Date of production:
May 21, 2021
Gai Mou Sou Rap was conceived over dinner on April 18, 2021 by Cynthia Yee, director of the Grant Avenue Follies, and Clara Hsu, director of Clarion Performing Arts Center. The escalation in violence against Asian seniors in recent times and the fighting back of one grandma with a wood board brought back memories of the gai mou sou (chicken-feather stick.) Gai Mou Sou is a household duster and also a symbol of law and order in Asian culture. It has been used for generations to discipline unruly behaviors. Raising the gai mou sou serves as a wake up call that rules and respect are what keep the family, community and society healthy, mindful and honorable.