Born in mainland China, Shuran Huang is an independent photographer based in Washington D.C. Her work focuses on family, traditions and culture. Recently, she worked as a photography intern at National Public Radio. Before moving to Washington...
On a hot July day in Fairfax, Va., husband and wife coaching team Christopher Pei and Zhang Guifeng, patted their students on the back while observing their emotions before their third performance at the 2019 Pan American Kungfu & Taijiquan Championships and U.S.A. Wushu Kungfu Federation National Team Trials. Wushu (武术) is a sport that blends elements of performance and martial arts. The USAWKF National Team Trials happen every two years and in the interim coaches and students get up at 7 a.m. each day to practice. For 30 years Pei and Zhang have dedicated themselves to Wushu education. As a photographer and native of Foshan, China, a southern city that has an important position in the country's Wushu history, I photographed this couple's dedication to Wushu education in the United States. It was a way to connect with my roots and also explore why these traditions have been fading away in Foshan.