Here is the passage that Michelle
Kwan delivered before the show:
I was small when I first
heard the legend of Mulan. My father told me the story. He heard
it when he was growing up.
Michelle smiles with
a brilliant glow
Sometimes, I think my
dad thinks I'm Mulan.
Clips form the cartoon
are shown...a soldier hitting the great drums, scenery at the Chinese
army outpost, father Fa holding up his sword, Mulan on the ground
in front of Captain Shang as Pang at the outpost, Mulan punching
the short soldier with the bruise on his eye near beginning of movie,
Michelle Kwan skating with the soldier outfit, Mulan riding on the
horse, jumping off the horse to meet her mother for the meeting
with the matchmaker
In the story of Mulan,
she joins the army in the place of her father. She's not a perfect
soldier, but she's ready to learn. When I'm skating, I, I sometimes
feel like Mulan. She's about my age, in her teens, very independent,
Huge thanks to Valerie Chung for this transcript!
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