Established by Grandmaster Mak Hin Fai in 1974, Mak Fai Kung Fu Dragon & Lion Dance Association is Seattle’s premier lion dance troupe, performing hundreds of shows year-round. Highlighting members of Mak Fai, we learn the importance of martial arts and lion dancing, as well as the culture and community behind it. Through these interviews, we see lion dancing as a tool to teach Asian American youth the importance of preserving tradition, appreciating culture, and building community.


  • Han Edward So Eckelberg: Director
  • Han Edward So Eckelberg: Producer
  • Royal Tan: Key Cast
  • John To: Key Cast
  • Johnny Nguyen: Key Cast
  • Martin Lau: Key Cast
  • Kathy Dao: Key Cast
  • Han Edward So Eckelberg: Key Cast
  • Mette Knutzen: Key Cast
  • Ngoc Nguyen: Key Cast
  • Mette Knutzen: Audio Technician
  • Johnny Nguyen: Assistant Camera Operators
  • John To: Assistant Camera Operators


  • Project Type: Documentary, Student, Short
  • Runtime: 16 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date: March 10, 2022
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Country of Filming: United States
  • Language: English
  • Shooting Format: Digital, 28-75mm, Sony
  • Aspect Ratio: 16.9
  • Film Color: Color
  • Student Project: University of Washington, Seattle Campus