Tai Chair & Tea Talk

APIFM is proud to offer Tai Chair to Chinatown’s older adults at Los Angeles State Historic Park. The free exercise program highlights tai chi movements using chairs to help participants maintain their balance.

Healthy Mind and Body

Sipoo Shelene Hearring leads Tai Chair. She is a martial artist and chief instructor at Two Dragons Martial Arts in Altadena. You can find more information on her website.

To provide donations to help us continue our free classes for the community, visit our donation page:

Community Resource Sharing

The weekly Tai Chair class has also transformed into a resource-sharing space. Many participants, who are immigrant and limited English proficient (LEP), have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the encroaching new economic development in Chinatown. This class is a safe space for them to share economic struggles and ask for help with resources like rental and food assistance. This invaluable community support space is made possible by grants from SCAN-Independence for Health, The California Endowment and Los Angeles River and State Park Partners.

If you would like to donate items to the Chinatown elders or provide educational flyers, please contact Linda Huynh at lindahuynh@apifm.org

Educational Workshops

Lastly, Tai Chair sessions are opportunities to host educational workshops with relevant topics regarding Chinatown elders. Past workshops included APIFM’s Water is Life and Identifying the Markers of Safe, Walkable Streets in America and Chinatown. These discussion opportunities are made possible by the Beim Foundation and The California Endowment.

If you are interested in hosting an educational workshop or conversation with the elders, please contact Linda Huynh at lindahuynh@apifm.org.

Want to donate to our Tai Chair program?

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