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Speeches in Support of U.S. House Resolution 605 on Falun Gong (1)- by Representative Diane Watson

Posted by Author on March 24, 2010


From the The Falun Dafa Information Center

[The U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 605 on March 16, 2010 (news). The voting was preceded by a 13-minute-long floor debate during which Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the resolution’s author and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs spoke, as did Representatives Diane Watson (D-CA) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), all in support of the declaration. Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), who could not attend the debate in person, submitted statements for the record. Below is the Congressional members’ full remarks.]

DIANE WATSON (D-CA)

“Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of this resolution…This resolution recognizes the continued persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China on the 11th anniversary of the government crackdown on the spiritual movement. I would like to thank my friend, the gentlewoman from Florida (Ms. Ros-Lehtinen), the ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, for introducing this legislation and for her dedication to this issue.

Since 1999, the Chinese government has undertaken a harsh campaign of suppression against the Falun Gong movement, banning its presence in China and banning it as an “illegal cult.” According to the 2009 annual report of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Chinese authorities “conducted propaganda campaigns that deride Falun Gong, carried out strict surveillance of practitioners, detained and imprisoned large numbers of practitioners, and subjected some who refused to disavow Falun Gong to torture and other abuses in reeducation through labor facilities.” According to the State Department’s latest human rights report on China, the Falun Gong’s core leadership was “singled out for particularly harsh treatment,” and simply believing in the discipline–without publicly practicing any of its tenets–was enough for practitioners to be punished or imprisoned.

Falun Gong is a spiritual movement combining meditation and breathing exercises, with a doctrine loosely rooted in Buddhist and Daoist teachings. The Chinese government banned the group’s existence and its practices in 1999, after thousands of practitioners gathered in Beijing to protest the government’s restrictions on the group’s activities. Chinese authorities are obsessed with eradicating the group because they believe it could pose a challenge to one-party rule and has the potential to generate social unrest and instability.

This resolution calls upon the Chinese government to immediately end its decade-long campaign to prosecute, intimidate, and imprison Falun Gong practitioners solely because of their personal beliefs. It also calls on China to release those practitioners being held in prisons and labor camps throughout the country. Finally, this resolution expresses sympathy to Falun Gong followers and their family members for the suffering that has been inflicted on them at the hands of the Chinese government.

I strongly support this resolution, and urge my colleagues to do the same.”

– From The Falun Dafa Information Center

Related:
The complete text of U.S. House resolution 605: calling for an immediate end to the campaign to persecute, intimidate, imprison, and torture Falun Gong practitioners in China
U.S. House Resolution Calls for End to Falun Gong Persecution in China
US House presses China on Falun Gong

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (4)- China’s Ministry of State Security

Posted by Author on March 22, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via SecretChina.com, Mar. 17, 2010- (cont’d)

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4. China’s Ministry of State Security: A Hybrid of KGB and the Secret Police System during the Ming Dynasty

The existing system of reporting can be tracked to the KGB from the former Soviet Union. It also has some traces from China’s own heritage. For example the Secret Police System in the Ming Dynasty was used to monitor its subjects. Another twin brother of such a system was Stasi, the former East Germany’s well-known secret police system.

The Ming Dynasty had a secret agency system that included both the Jinyiwei (Court Secret Agent) and East and West Espionage Agency. These were special agencies of oppression backed by the state. Their role was similar to today’s Ministry of State Security. The agent of this system had the power to monitor, arrest, and torture anyone at any time under the name of the state. People were often executed for saying something against the ruling emperor or for their personal grudge with the agents themselves. A lot more went missing.  It can be said that the Court Secret System was actually a ruthless killing machine of state terror.  People were more afraid of the agents from that system than they were of criminals.

The KGB of the Soviet Union was also a killing machine backed by state power during the reign of the Soviet Communist Party. It is well known for calling white black, fabricating false cases, interrogating people through torture, and killing innocent people. At the KGB’s peak everyone in the Soviet Union, from common people to officials, felt ill at ease. Even high rank State and Party leaders led lives full of anxiety.  Molotov, the second leading figure of the former Soviet Union, could only watch as his wife was arrested and dared not save her.

The Stasi of East Germany used “Shield and Sword of the Party” as its motto, adopting the role of secret police, intelligence agency, and detective agency, even taking on the power of prosecution and trial. The Stasi was everywhere in the life of East Germany. As a result, from January 1992 to 2008, there were some six million visits to BStU, the federal government agency that investigates the past crimes of the former Stasi, to apply to see their files. Unfortunately, those who read their files found out that the informers were not only made up of the secret police, but also their best friends, neighbors, relatives, as well as renowned politicians, professors, and religious people. There were so many cases of people turning on each other. With this revelation of the truth, a painful sensation of suspicion, disappointment, hatred and disillusion spread in the society. The Germans find themselves again and again in a dilemma of moral challenges. Everywhere, couples split, people abandon their families, get divorced or commit suicide.

I cannot imagine the impact the Chinese Communist Party will have on the Chinese peoples’ already broken and shabby moral standards due to the evil conduct of procuring informers on such a large scale in order to protect their regime. I only know that once it becomes such a pervasive practice for people to monitor and hurt each other, the members of society will not be able to save themselves from the mud of this immorality.  (END)

– From Secret China , Original Chinese article from Author’s website

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (1) – Informer Is Everywhere in China
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (2)- Schools Have Become Sites of the Spies
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (3)- What Kind of Job is “Security Information Personnel” at China School?

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Shen Yun “perfect”, “The dances are especially spectacular”, says well-known Taiwan photographer

Posted by Author on March 21, 2010


TAIPEI, Taiwan— Mr. Zhou Zhigang, a well-known photographer, who has spent more than 50 years refining the art of photography, attended the Shen Yen Performing Arts‘ show in Taipei on Saturday evening, March 20, with his wife. In an interview following the show he commented, “I have seen many dramas and performances in various countries around the world, yet I feel Shen Yen is better than any other show.”

Mr. Zhou is best known for his endeavors in promoting Chinese photography by integrating the concept of poetry into the image. He used to assist photography maestro Lang Jingshan in re-establishing the China Photography Association in Taiwan. Mr. Zhou is also the primary initiator for the Asian Film & Art Federation and the Chinese Artists and Photographers Association. His name is well known in the photography communities across the Taiwan Strait. He has received many domestic and international honorable awards and has been listed in the Who’s Who of UK, USA, China and Taiwan.

With delight, Mr. Zhou praised Shen Yen, “The performance is perfect no matter whether it is about the backdrop design or the music. The dances are especially spectacular.”

Explaining how the music of the Shen Yen orchestra fascinated him, Mr. Zhou said, “An ancient poem reads, ‘Only in the divine world, and seldom in the earthly world can this song be heard.’ I would like to say such good music can only be heard at a Shen Yen performance and seldom in Taiwan.”

As a well-known artist, Mr. Zhou highly praised Shen Yen’s artistic achievements. He said, “From the viewpoint of arts, of most importance are the aesthetics. The scene settings of Shen Yen’s dances, and the variations associated with the dances, are all very beautiful.”

Mr. Zhou added, “I have seen a lot of dances. I think choreography is very important. The choreography of Shen Yen’s dances is just outstanding. A simple story like Wu Song Battles the Tiger is choreographed to include a variety of dancing movements such that the story can be interpreted so vividly. I think this is truly amazing.”

The dynamic backdrop of the stage also caught Mr. Zhou’s attention. Among the programs in the first half of the show, “Hesitate No Longer” by soprano Huang Pi-ju and “A Message to the World” by Baritone Qu Yue, stood out for him.

Mr. Zhou is best known for his endeavors in promoting Chinese photography by integrating the concept of poetry into the image. He used to assist photography maestro Lang Jingshan in re-establishing the China Photography Association in Taiwan. Mr. Zhou is also the primary initiator for the Asian Film & Art Federation and the Chinese Artists and Photographers Association. His name is well known in the photography communities across the Taiwan Strait. He has received many domestic and international honorable awards and has been listed in the Who’s Who of UK, USA, China and Taiwan.

The Epochtimes

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Taiwan Interior Minister Says The Shen Yun Show Is Remarkable

Posted by Author on March 20, 2010


TAIPEI, Taiwan— On the evening of March 19, Interior Minister Jiang Yi Hua attended the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s 2010 premiere in Taiwan, together with his wife Mrs. Li Shu-Zhe. As they happily walked out of the performing hall, Dr. Jiang said, “The entire show was wonderful.”

Dr. Jiang, who is known as the most handsome and gentle minister in the cabinet, and his wife were noticed by many other audience members as they entered the hall. Legislator Luo Shu-lei was among the celebrities who greeted them at the entrance.

Minister Jiang looked quite serious when he arrived due to his tight schedule during the daytime, however, he felt very pleasant after viewing the spiritual enjoyment of the artistic performance with 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. He commended happily, “This is indeed a very superb performance.”

As to the content of the program, Mr. Jiang added: “The themes are very positive and it [Shen Yun] is especially suitable for the young generation nowadays to watch.” He also emphasized that it was great to get so many outstanding overseas Chinese artists together to perform on stage. “In the past, I had no idea about their background. After knowing that all of them are Chinese who have grown up overseas, I think they are really remarkable,” he said.

When learning that there would be 43 Shen Yun shows performed in nine major cities in Taiwan, the Minister immediately expressed that it should be recommended to more people in Taiwan, so that they would be able to appreciate this artistic feast. He continued, “This is a promotional show for arts and culture. Welcome the general public to see the show.”

As the Ministry of the Interior is in charge of many important government functions, including police, household affairs, social welfare, fire-fighting services, etc., it has long been dubbed as the most important ministry in Taiwan. Dr. Jiang was recruited into the cabinet as Interior Minister from academic circles in the wake of a major flooding disaster last year. Since then, he has been in the media spotlight in Taiwan.

The Epochtimes

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (3)- What Kind of Job is “Security Information Personnel” at China School?

Posted by Author on March 19, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via SecretChina.com, Mar. 17, 2010- (cont’d)

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3. What Kind of Job is “Security Information Personnel” at School?

Here is a rough description of the system.

a. The school selects some “politically reliable” students who, once they hear some “politically incorrect” comments from teachers or students, will report them to the related office in school administration.  For example, the “Security Information Team” established by Economy and Trade College in Qingdao Technological University has “two students in each class, one male one female. “ They must be student Party members or student cadre. Their prime responsibility is to report the “insecure elements” in their classes and dormitories, including the behavior of some “special students” and the content of some teachers’ lectures.

b. The Information Personnel job is a paid position. The amount they are paid varies in different schools. It could be very low. For example, at Jilin University each informer, if he or she makes twenty reports, he or she can get a 120 Chinese yen reimbursement for his or her books. So each report is worth six yen, which is less than one US dollar. Students from poor families still want to take the job. For instance, Dezhou Institute in Shandong Province has offered their students extracurricular job opportunities to have them work as “Security Information Personnel.”

c. A Security Personnel who does a good job can secure favorable consideration from the school in terms of grading and political advancement. One striking characteristic of such rules of terror is that the Security Personnel are allowed to report incidents based merely on rumor. They are not asked to authenticate the information. This, along with the number of reports affecting the rate of pay, makes many of the personnel create “information” out of nowhere in exchange for the reward, risking the well-being of their teachers and classmates.

In some schools, the “Security Personnel” team is incredibly large. Take for example, the Xi’an Technology University, which received the title of “Peaceful University of Shanxi Province”, jointly given by the Comprehensive Administration Office of Shanxi Province, the Department of Education, and the Department of Public Security. There are 2,627 Security Personnel among the students. In addition, among the staff and faculty members, 65 have been ascribed to be Special Information Personnel. The total number of undergraduates, graduates and three-year college students is 23,404; the number of staff and faculty is 2,326. Consequently, there is one Security Personnel in every ten students or fewer. For every 35 staff and faculty, there is one informer.

Perhaps in no other country in the entire the world can you find universities or colleges like China’s, which turns college, a place for imparting knowledge and nurturing intellectuals, into sites of spies, eroding the soul of the youngsters by encouraging the shameless behavior of “reporting”. (to be cont’d)

– From Secret China , Original Chinese article from Author’s website

Related:
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (1) – Informer Is Everywhere in China
Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (2)- Schools Have Become Sites of the Spies

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (2)- Schools Have Become Sites of the Spies

Posted by Author on March 18, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via SecretChina.com, Mar. 17, 2010- (cont’d)

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2. The Schools Have Become Sites of the Spies

Unfortunately, such a system does not only exist in Inner Mongolia as it did in years past, rather it is all around the country. There is a “System of Security Information Personnel” established in the colleges. What is a “System of Security Information Personnel”? That is the part-time spy network responsible for monitoring and reporting, a.k.a., the informers.

Under the reign of the Chinese Communist Party, there have always been informers. However, now they appear as “Security Information Personnel”. According to the files I found, the first college they tested this new system on was at Shanghai Normal University. On May 21, 2002, the university released a job description for Information Personnel in Shanghai Normal University. They fully employed the system in the second half of 2005. Many universities and colleges openly posted vacancies on their websites for Security Information Personnel, as well as for Student Information Staff. It is the same job with a slightly different name. For example, in Nanchang University of Jiangxi Province, the job is called Regulations of Information Personnel for Students Teaching and Supervision. In Zengcheng College of South China Normal University, it is called Regulations of Student Information Personnel for Teaching and Management. In North East Electric Power University, it is called Organization and Management of Student Information Personnel. (to be cont’d)

– From Secret China , Original Chinese article from Author’s website

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (1) – Informer Is Everywhere in China

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (1) – Informer Is Everywhere in China

Posted by Author on March 17, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via SecretChina.com, Mar. 17, 2010-

While I was reading through information about the Chinese government hiring informers, my fingers automatically typed this topic on the keyboard, “Are You Being Followed by the Man?” It is indeed a question that any Chinese who cares about public affairs and who likes to express himself on the Internet cannot ignore.

1. “The Man” Is Everywhere in the Country

Let’s talk about the possibilities of being noticed and followed by “the Man”. Recently, in an interview posted on Xinhua Net, Liu Xingchen, Assistant to the County Mayor of Kailu County (in Inner Mongolia), who is also the Chinese Communist Party Secretary and the Chief Commander of the Public Security Bureau, boasted to the reporter that he “has a huge network of informers” that helps him stay “highly alert” to any dissidents and acts of defiance.

How big is this network? Let’s look at the figures Liu Xingchen gave out. The number of informers under the control of the Public Security Bureau in Kailu County alone is 12093. The whole population of that county is 400,000. Disregarding a quarter of the population who are under the age of 18, there is one informer for every 25 adults. According to the Olympic Security Format by Meng Jianzhu, Secretary of Ministry of Public Security, which centered around the “Six Networks”, i.e., Street Level Prevention and Control, Community Level Prevention and Control, Inside Workplace Prevention and Control, Video Monitoring Networks, Regional Police Co-operation Network, and Virtual Social Prevention and Control, the proportion of informers in Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities, is much higher than a remote area like Kailu County.

The lowest level of informers is the “50 Cent Party”. They are active on the Internet, and earn 50 Chinese cents per comment they post that favors the government. Considering the difficulty of getting a job these days, the demand for this soul selling “employment” exceeds the supply. Thus, the pay was reduced. Recently, the government of Hengyang City, Hunan Province announced that each posted comment would only earn 10 Chinese cents, and the monthly salary for each person cannot exceed 100 Chinese yen, which is slightly over 10 US dollars.

I didn’t know which dynasty in Chinese history had ever gotten such a complete, widely spread, self-contained system of informers, apart from the Mao Period, which had a mechanism of using “active individuals”, people mobilized from the public to inform. Yet even during Mao’s time, since the information was limited, and their policy to fool the people was quite successful, Mao felt quite secure with his subjects when compared with the rulers today. Only during the Yuan Dynasty were the rulers as anxious and insecure about their subjects.

A minority in China, who invaded the middle land, established the Yuan Dynasty. Of course they would worry about the Han people who made up the majority of people at the time. Hence, they divided people into four classes. Among them, the Han were divided into Han and Southerners, which resembles what Mao did with the exploiting class, by having “landlord” and “urban business owners”. The latter has a better status than the former. Such a division creates barriers among people and makes it hard for them to stay united. The Han people were especially regulated. They could not have any organizations, were not allowed to worship in groups, nor could they have weapons. For example, ten households had to share one kitchen knife. The Mongolians were sent to reside in the Han peoples’ communities to manage them.

It is safe to say the Chinese government still uses those means to control their population today, only modified and more advanced. For example, guns used for game hunting replaced kitchen knives. Compared with the rulers during the Yuan Dynasty, their counterparts today have more effective monitoring methods thanks to technological advances accompanied by a system of informers, which forges a “Golden Shield” that is going to protect the “Chinese Communist Party’s reign for tens of thousands of years.” (to be cont’d)

– From Secret China , Original Chinese article from Author’s website

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Utah Welcomes Shen Yun With First Show In Ogden

Posted by Author on March 17, 2010


OGDEN, Utah— Peery’s Egyptian Theater welcomed Shen Yun Performing Arts for their first of three presentations in the state of Utah on Tuesday evening, March 16. The theater boasted a full house and even the weather cooperated, with the evening being balmy and mild.

Ogden is a popular recreation center in northern Utah, located 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, and is a center for skiing and adventure sports.

Ms. Sadie George was among the enthusiastic audience who were looking forward to the New York-based Shen Yun’s presentation of the authentic cultural heritage of classical China. Ms. George has a great interest in dance and that is what drew her to the show.

She has studied a number of different forms of dancing for several years, including Middle Eastern and Indigenous dance. She has also studied fire dancing, which is a dangerous performance art, popular in many cultures where the dancer uses lit batons.

Ms. George brought her father to the show for his birthday. She believes that traditional cultural dances are “very good to learn.”

Ms. George enjoyed Shen Yun’s story-based dance dramas depicting the spirit and essence of China’s age-old culture. “With these dances I love the storyline, it’s so expressive. It shows the feminine and the masculine, just full of power and gracefulness. It’s amazing.”

She was touched by the expressiveness of the dancers, saying, “They hold it [the power] so strongly.”

Ms. George said she would recommend Shen Yun to her friends, telling them that it is “beautiful” and “lovely.”

Shen Yun Performing Arts will present two more shows at Perry’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden on March 17 and 18. (The Epochtimes)

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(video) Shen Yun in North America 2009 (1)-  USA: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

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Japan University President: Shen Yun Demonstrates Inner Beauty

Posted by Author on March 17, 2010


FUKUOKA, Japan— On March 15, President Fujimoto Jun of Nakamura Gakuen University, a well-known private university in Fukuoka, watched the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts performance in the Fukuoka Sunpalace Hall in Fukuoka, Japan, along with his wife. Mr. Fujimoto, also an expert in anatomy, praised Shen Yun for presenting the magnificence and glory of China’s five-millennia-old culture, which enables audiences to perceive the distinctive characteristic of the universality of traditional culture, as well as the profound inner beauty behind the presentation of outer beauty.

Mr. Fujimoto said that the performance of Shen Yun encompasses various forms of art, including music, dance, and painting.

He said that he sensed beauty presented through all the programs and dancing movements. He quoted the founder of his university as saying, “The exterior appearance is the reflection of the inner world.” The performance of Shen Yun enabled him to have a deeper understanding of this quotation. The external beauty of Shen Yun’s dance is the realistic reflection of performers’ inner beauty; only those with beautiful hearts are capable of demonstrating such a beautiful presentation, he said.

Stunned by the lively rhythm of the Shen Yun music, Mr. Fujimoto said, “This is the first time I have come in contact with this kind of music with lively rhythm. I am amazed and touched.” …… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun in Asia 2009 (1)- Korea, Japan: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

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NP editorial: Memo to Google — get out of China

Posted by Author on March 16, 2010


NP Editor, The National Post, Canada, Mar. 16, 2010-

As of press time, we were still waiting for final resolution of the escalating, months-old confrontation between Google and the government of China. Our hope is that the world-leading web-search company plays hardball with Beijing — even if that means exiting China entirely.

Countless companies run into headaches in China, a country whose booming free-market economy often bumps up against the pronouncements of its authoritarian government. But the friction has been especially notable in the case of Google, which controls almost one-third of China’s web search market. The company is a world-leading icon of the free flow of information, and it has been jarring to see it submit itself to the Chinese government’s censorship demands. Search for “Chinese human rights abuses” or “Dalai Lama” off of Google.com, and you will get a long list of unfiltered search results. Perform the same search on Google.cn — or any of the portals featuring a Chinese Google search box — and you will get a much shorter list.

The moral case for Google saying goodbye to China is obvious: The company’s informal motto is, after all, “Don’t be evil.” But there is a strong business case for fleeing the Communist nation, as well. In recent months, Google has learned of a campaign to hack the Google Mail (i.e. Gmail) accounts of human rights activists. At the same time, the U.S. government and various Western high-tech corporations are fighting off a massive, well-organized campaign of electronic attacks and espionage, much of it based on Chinese servers. In both instances, the driving force is believed to be the Chinese government, or elements connected to it.

Google’s share of the Chinese market — the world’s biggest — is obviously a major asset. But more important is Google’s good name in the rest of the world. Like everyone else, we love Google’s search service, Gmail and its growing cloud-computing services. But there are other competing providers in all these areas — so why would we trust our data with a company seen to be bending over backward for a foreign government that combines Communist anti-Western phobias with the sleazy ethos of a backroom phishing operation?

Google itself is no doubt trustworthy. But companies, like people, are known by the company they keep.

The National Post

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(video) Shen Yun in Australia, New Zealand 2009: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

Posted by Author on March 13, 2010


Video length: 13’44”

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– (video) Shen Yun in Asia 2009 (1)- Korea, Japan: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience
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– (video)  Shen Yun in Europe 2009: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

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(video) Shen Yun in Europe 2009: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

Posted by Author on March 13, 2010


In 2010 from March to April, Shen Yun will be performing in following cities/countries in Europe: (schedule)

Amsterdam / Holland; Bruges / Belgium; Frankfurt, Dresden / Germany; Lausanne / Switzerland; Lyon, Paris / France; Bregenz, Vienna, Wien /Austria; Dublin / Ireland; Aarhus / Denmark; Stockholm,Linköping/ Sweden; Oslo/ Norway;Brno / Czech Republic; Cardiff / United Kingdom

Here’s a review video of Shen Yun Performing Arts’ show in Europe in 2009. Video length: 11’21”

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– (video)  Shen Yun in Asia 2009 (2)- Taiwan: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

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(video) Shen Yun in Asia 2009 (2)- Taiwan: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

Posted by Author on March 12, 2010


Video length: 11’02”

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Review (video): Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Chinese Dance and Music Show
Shen Yun review (video 2): Chinese dance and music

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(video) Shen Yun in Asia 2009 (1)- Korea, Japan: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

Posted by Author on March 12, 2010


Video length: 11’09”

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Watching Shen Yun Show “an incredible educational experience”, says U.S. magazine publisher

Posted by Author on March 12, 2010


INDIANAPOLIS— The Circle City, known for its array of culture and performance, hosted Shen Yun Wednesday night,March 10. Brad Haberman attended with Ellen Greenleaf to take in a performance that “gets better and better” as it goes along.

As a Director of Marketing for a sports industry company, Ms. Greenleaf gave us her opinion of certain aspects of the show.

“I think the interpreters and [the emcees] out front really explained everything. It really, really helped all of us. But then the excitement of the dancers, the beauty of the costumes. The costumes are incredible! And then, the music, I think the audience is getting more and more excited … Every act gets better and better.”

Mr. Haberman, a magazine publisher, shared his opinion of Shen Yun overall.

“I think its fantastic. I think it is an incredible educational experience for individuals who don’t know much about the culture. So its been truly nice to really get to know some of the different challenges of the culture and how they do different things and how they experience life. So its very interesting, very educational.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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(video) Shen Yun in North America 2009 (2) Canada: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience

Posted by Author on March 12, 2010


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New York Music Company Founder: If you haven’t seen Shen Yun, “you’re missing out on something big”

Posted by Author on March 6, 2010


ROCHESTER, New York— Santos Maximo of Icyblaze Records, Urban Music, and Maximo Rage Productions, a film company, said he had never seen a show like the Shen Yun Performing Arts show on Feb. 27, at the Rochester Auditorium Theatre.

The music producer said, “How I basically dictate whether the music is good, is if it touches me. It doesn’t matter the genre. And trust me, when I tell you, the music touched me. It was beautiful.” He called on everyone to see the show.

“I cannot really say anything else other than this was a top notch production from beginning to end … If you haven’t seen this show, you’re missing out on something big. And if you don’t do anything else this year, if you’ve only got a chance to see one show this year, this should be the show you go see—Shen Yun. That is it.”

Mr. Maximo is a songwriter, a record and film producer, and a sound expert. Though he appreciated the technical artistry of the production, something else impressed him even more. He said he analyzed all those components, “But what I appreciated most had nothing to do with the fact that I do music, and I do film. What I appreciated the most of the whole thing was the simplicity of it. The fact that it was something so simple to understand that even kids got something out of it … Your children will walk away with something positive, your children will be inspired.”

Mr. Maximo served in the Army. During his service, he studied martial arts for over a decade, and he still studies Qi Gong. “I’ve always been big on Chinese culture.” Martial arts movements derive from classical Chinese dance. This year’s performance had two dances with traditional martial arts gestures, Splitting the Mountain and Wu Song Battles the Tiger, from Chinese stories. He liked the fluid movements. “I would recommend this show to anybody, all ages. They were excellent, music-wise to dancing ability, to story-telling that was portrayed throughout the music and the dancing.”

For Mr. Maximo, the show was uplifting. He said, “You’re looking at art and it’s beautiful, but at the same time, not only are you opening your eyes, if you take just one second and really, really listen to what they’re saying and pay attention to what they’re doing, it opens up your heart, and it broadens your mind because it is inspirational.”

He clearly guides his life based on his values. Mr. Maximo founded his company with the thought of, “creating a record label, which would be true to itself and its fan base and not be hindered creatively by the politics of the music industry,” according to his website. So naturally he responded to a message he found in the show, “And one thing that they showed that I appreciated is; from the beginning to the end of each piece, the good guy always triumphed. There wasn’t one piece where the good-guy didn’t win. It always ended on a positive note.”

He found positive ideas throughout the performance. “There’s a lesson in every single dance routine that they put in there. And every single song, when the tenors were singing their songs, the lyrics—there’s a lesson in every single thing that was in there.”

Mr. Maximo has his own benevolent messages. He shared one with fans of his record label on its website.” We are definitely grateful for the continuous love and support that we receive and therefore reciprocate it back to our fans and supporters times infinity!”

As an expert in performing arts, as a musical engineer and producer, he said, “But definitely, my honest opinion on this: Top notch, all the way through. One of the greatest shows I’ve ever been to.”

The Epochtimes

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“I really wanted to stand up to applaud” for Shen Yun, Says Founder of Korea Dance School

Posted by Author on February 27, 2010


DAEGU, South KoreaShen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s beautiful performance caused a sensation in the South Korean art community. After watching the third Shen Yun performance in Daegu on the afternoon of Feb. 27, Ms. Han Jee Ahn, founder of Han Jee Ahn Dance School, said that if she were asked to describe Shen Yun in words, she would have to say it is “the consummation of art!”

After her parents mentioned the show to her, Ms. Han came to Daegu all the way from Daejeon with her husband and children to watch Shen Yun. She said that she originally did not hold much expectation, but after watching the show, she could not help but admire the excellence of the performance. She really wanted to express her appreciation with a standing ovation. Even sitting in her seat, she said she raised her hands high up to applaud.

Having had a dance career herself, Ms. Han paid special attention to the stage equipment, performers’ dance skills and associated composition elements. She said that the performers’ presentation is much better than what she had expected. The feeling brought by every performer’s facial expression is very nice.

She said that generally performers spend lots of effort in order to show their skills during dancing. Once on stage, they are under tremendous pressure and sometimes they even appear as being tired. However, Shen Yun performers can always dance so naturally and cheerfully even in such a lengthy performance process. At the same time, the skills they demonstrate and what is reflected from their soul looks really nice. “I really wanted to stand up to applaud. Anyway, I applauded really hard.”

The backdrop amazed Ms. Han. In South Korea, they normally use props. It is the first time that she has seen such a performance. “Using the backdrop as the base, the animation displayed brings a dynamic feeling,” Ms. Han said, “At the same time, the coordination between the performers and the backdrop is really incredible. Looking from every perspective, the performance is profound and very good.”…… (more details from the Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun Review, by Korea Renowned Vocalist: “is very spectacular”

Posted by Author on February 27, 2010


DAEGU, South Korea— Mr. Chun Sung Whan, renowned vocalist and chief director of Korea Performing Arts Promotion Association, watched the second Shen Yun Performing Arts show in Daegu, South Korea on Feb. 26. He said: “Shen Yun does a great job presenting the virtues of the Chinese nation. The combination of Eastern and Western musical instruments is perfect and the composition of all programs is very spectacular. It shows the inner beauty of the artists very well.”

Mr. Chun said: “The Shen Yun show reflects the minds of ancient Chinese very well. It is very diversified. I wish we could watch this kind of show more often, especially the professional dancers. The story-based programs are very interesting. I think the professional dancers should watch the show often to be inspired.”

“It is a very spectacularly composed performance, showing the inner beauty of the artists. I can feel the spirituality and inner meaning from the vocal pieces. The whole program makes me feel refreshed. I’m also very happy to see the performances of different ethnic groups in China. It is a very enjoyable experience,” added Mr. Chun.

In regards to the orchestra, Mr. Chun said: “The Chinese and Western musical instruments are coordinated very well in the orchestra. The orchestra members have very good technique. They successfully lead the audience to experience the special charm of classical Chinese music. The conductor put in a lot of effort. Under her lead, the orchestra works seamlessly together. It was a job well done.”

As South Korea’s well-known musician, Mr. Chun, said: “I know the music, in each country or ethnic group, has its own characteristics. Shen Yun Performing Arts’ New York Company Orchestra perfectly combines the musical instruments together. The overall performance successfully expresses the special charm of classical Chinese music while retaining the characteristics of a variety of musical instruments.”

Mr. Chun was the Dean of Music Department at Catholic University of Daegu. To nurture more young musicians, dancers and artists, he is now engaged in the establishment of Performing Arts Promotion Association. Mr. Chun said: “I hope more artists in South Korea can watch the show. It would be great if Shen Yun can perform around the country, not only in Daegu.” – The Epochtimes

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‘I just want to escape and go right into it,’ Fashion show producer says after seeing Shen Yun

Posted by Author on February 21, 2010


NEW YORK— New York has more iconic landmarks than can be named. The art deco Radio City Music Hall, where Shen Yun Performing Arts played two shows on Saturday, is certainly one of them. The Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue is another.

Fashion show producer, designer, photographer and writer, Andres Aquino visited both landmarks this week. On February 13, he showcased his latest luxury collection as part of Couture Fashion week in New York at the city’s most famous hotel. Then on the night of Feb. 20, he came to see the Shen Yun Touring Company at Radio City.

The top designer described Shen Yun as a “beautiful experience,” and he talked about the show’s ability to transport him into another world.

“When I watch something like this, I just want to escape and go right into it. I want to transport myself to that world, “ he said. “That’s what I am at that point, just observing, enjoying, and just taking it all in because it’s not so much analyzing, just enjoying what is there, to see this beauty in the way it is presented.”

One of the unique theatrical techniques that Shen Yun is known for is projecting different landscapes and animated scenes onto Radio City’s giant LCD screen backdrop. In this way, audiences are instantly and seamlessly transported to different dynasties, regions and heavenly kingdoms.

“I like the way it is very cleverly done, the backgrounds,” said Mr. Aquino, describing how “each background takes you to different regions in a different time—the spring, by the river or the story of the divine that marries the human and gets stuck on the mountain there.”

“Whatever it’s always, you’re always there. It’s a very minimalistic way to present something so that I think everybody can get it—cross language, cross culture—a which is very interesting,” he said.

The Shun Yun company uses classical Chinese dance—a highly demanding dance system known equally for its grace as for its vigorous leaps and tumbles—to present traditional folks tales and legends while other vignettes give a taste of life in modern China, which still suffers under a repressive dictatorship.

“I think there’s so much color and so much folk tales and stories that I’ve been told. Well, this presentation… I think there’s a little bit for everyone,” said Mr. Aquino. “And it’s not only the fact that you have a story, the main story that underlines the presentation of the freedom of speech … I think there’s also just the beauty of the country and the landscape and the dance in the different regions of China that become alive there, so that makes it very very beautiful in many ways”…… (the Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun show is “the best you can get”, says New York producer

Posted by Author on February 21, 2010


NEW YORK— Long time producer and director Ms. Joycelyun Engle watched Shen Yun Performing Arts at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, Feb. 20.

The show, said Ms. Engle, was “a feast for the eyes.”

“It was magnificent. I think it was so creative. It was brilliant, truly brilliant, and it’s given me a much greater understanding of exactly what’s happening,” she said.

“I loved it, it was inspirational.”

Ms. Engle has written and directed feature films and has also been a TV celebrity talk show host. She is also a film producer, casting director, author, actress, publicist, and speech and image consultant, and has worked with TV stars, U.S. Senators, lawyers, and CEOs.

Drawing on her 25-plus years in the industry, Ms. Engle admitted that Shen Yun is truly exceptional.

“As a film producer I’ve also directed, and I know that this was beyond, … their entire body and soul was one and it was in tune with what they were doing. It was real, it was very real, and that’s the best you can get,” she said.

Ms. Engle said her “heart was pounding” while she was watching the show: “There was just a depth and I think that everyone in the show seemed to have the passion,” she said.

“They worked very, very hard and it wasn’t just working, it was full body and soul, it was a passion. I enjoyed it so immensely, immensely.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Korean dance choreographers should watch Shen Yun, says President of Arts Organization in S. Korea

Posted by Author on February 19, 2010


By Lee Cheng Jin, Epoch Times Staff, Feb. 18, 2010-

SUWON, South Korea— On Feb. 18, the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company successfully concluded its second show at Gyeonggi Arts Center, the largest theatre in Suwon city. After watching the show, Suwon Arts and Culture United Society Chairman Mr. Kim Hoon Dong commented that the show is flawless and the message given to audiences is very clear.

Mr. Kim said every year he watches many shows and Shen Yun is the best one because of its scale, the content of the program-China’s 5,000-year old history, its choreography, and techniques of the performers. Mr. Kim is also surprised that this year the show has an entirely new program and the show is very refined.

He said: “The live orchestra creates a strong impact on the audience. Although the members of the orchestra have to work very hard, the messages passed on to the audience is very powerful.”

Mr. Kim understands that the themes presented by Shen Yun come from China’s long history. He thinks that these themes are quite attractive. The dance that left him with the deepest impression was In a Miao Village. The costumes were beautiful and through the dance movements, the dance gave a superb interpretation of the unique culture of the Miao race. He also found Lanterns very interesting which presented folk traditions.

Mr. Kim feels that the dance Nothing Can Block the Divine Path was “very well choreographed and was presented in a way that was easy for people to understand.” The story is about a family who practice Falun Gong who remain steadfast in their belief and are persecuted in China.

He also thinks that Korean dance choreographers should watch Shen Yun. “Many of our cultural heritages have already disappeared. During the new year, Koreans only play poker.” The elegant culture projected by Shen Yun shows should be passed down in Korea. “We should also preserve this kind of culture. The group dancing is well coordinated. The colors are vibrant and there is the festive atmosphere of New Year. I think the show is great.”…… (more from The Epochtimes)

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