Gai Mou Sou is a chicken feather duster that Grandma used for dusting but if the kid was not behaving, she would turn the stick around to show authority…saying whack, whack, whack.
Q: How did you get the name “Rapping Grannies?”
People started to call us Rapping Grandmas after our first rap came out called ‘Gai Mou Sou’ (chicken feather duster).
Q: Fund raising and giving back to the community are important to your group. Any idea how much you have raised to support charities in the past
As for total amount we have raised for other nonprofits, we don’t have a number but it's a lot.
Q: What keeps you going after all these years?
No plans to stop doing what I do in the near future. I feel the need to inspire others to not sit in the rocking chair but do something that makes you and others happy. Nothing is more gratifying for me than to see the smiles on the faces of other seniors that may not have the opportunity to go out anymore.
Q: Life lessons learned?
A lesson learned is that growing old is only a state of mind. When people ask how old I am, I really have to think about it because I really forget how old I really am.
Q: How to stay young?
Try not to have the little things bother you or lose sleep over. Eat potato chips if you want to. Stay hopeful and keep busy.
About Cynthia Yee
Occupation: Former cabaret dancer doing charity work in the community; Founder of the Grant Avenue Follies 2003
Education: Galileo High School Graduate
Awards: Jefferson Award 2002,
Miss Chinatown 1967
Residence: San Francisco, CA
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