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Pei Ern grew up in Sabah, Malaysia. In her first year at LASALLE, she was invited to dance with Odyssey Dance Theatre and has since danced for international choreographers Wu Yi San (Taiwan/Hong Kong), Akiko Kitamura (Japan), Marie-Gabrielle Rotie (United Kingdom), as well as local artists Melissa Quek, Albert Tiong, and Susan Yeung. Pei Ern comes from a ballet and rhythmic gymnastics background. She completed Advanced II certificate in the Royal of Academy of Dance ballet syllabus and represented her state in the Malaysian sporting event, SUKMA Games in 2006. Besides performing, she coaches children in physical movement, ballet, and contemporary dance.
I am familiar with the ballets Swan Lake and the Red Detachment of Women.
Can I now say that I am Asian?
Is the proof in the colour of my hair?
Is it the way I hold my body?
It is in how I use my mobile phone
and in the way I take a selfie.
I am Asian because I choose to be.
Because I am.
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