Tina Chan. My sister Tina can often be seen standing very quietly on the sidelines. Recently she performed in Knoxville, at Sifu Leroy Kautz’s 18th Anniversary show. She always impresses the crowd with her determination and skill. Although Tina is not interviewed in the movie, she is very much present. She is true Wah Lum. Every Chinese New Year, every anniversary show, and every Wah Lum event she participates in whatever way she can. When Tina was born she was only one pound and eight ounces. She had less than 10% chance of survival…but her kung fu spirit fought for her, and she is here today teaching at the Temple! Although she says very little, when she does, it is profound. She has a special presence that reminds me of someone else I know… oh yes, our father, Pui Chan.
Tina’s strength and determination in everything she does constantly inspires and amazes me. Although she has some limitations (cerebral palsy) it never stops her. I admire my sister and am grateful that I have her to look up to.
Look for Tina doing kung fu in the award winning documentary: Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer!