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Visa Refusal of Arts Company Staff by Hong Kong Worrys Locals and Warns the World

Posted by Author on January 24, 2010

The issue of refusal of visas by Hong Kong authorities to 6 production staff of New York based Shen Yun performing Arts company, which caused the company’s show canceled, deepens local people’s fear of losing their freedom so quickly, and warns international societies of  doing business in Hong Kong.

The Epoch Times reported that, Hong Kong’s Immigration Department informed the show’s organizers on Jan. 21, 6 days before the opening of the show, that six production staff for the show would be denied entry, saying they could be replaced by Hong Kong local workers.

A spokesperson for the show organizers, Kan Hung Cheung, remarked that the six production staff played irreplaceable roles in the performance, including lighting, sound effects and technical backdrop. “A complete staff is essential to any performing arts group. This is just common sense,” Mr. Cheung said.

Hong Kong public figures have criticized the decision, claiming that it was a result of political pressure from Beijing- Shen Yun’s artists include practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice banned and persecuted in China.

Hon. Albert Ho Chun-yan, chairman of the Democratic Party (Hong Kong) and legislative council member, condemned Hong Kong authorities for what he believed was their following Beijing’s orders to suppress freedom of expression in Hong Kong. He demanded an explanation for how it would be possible for the show to find replacements in Hong Kong within ten days, but the Immigration Department did not respond.

“Hong Kong has suffered too much suppression on political, cultural, and media issues in the past decade or so”, said by Democratic Party’s former Sai Kung District council member Lam Wing-Yin. “All these will eventually make Hong Kong deteriorate to become one of China’s regular cities.”

The above report shows, international societies have to face a fact that doing business in Hong Kong- like the US-based the Shen Yun Performing Arts does, may get political repression under different names, and cause business failure as a result.

The show, produced by Shen Yun Performing Arts, a leading classical Chinese arts company, has traveled to over 20 countries, 100 cities around the world in past years, and been seen live by million people.

Then what’s the show about? what does people around the world say about the show? Following videos can give an answer.

HD Video: Highlight of Shen Yun show 2010

HD Video: Feedback from audience around the world about the Shen Yun show

One Response to “Visa Refusal of Arts Company Staff by Hong Kong Worrys Locals and Warns the World”

  1. As much as I can understand right now, I think you’re right!

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