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Photos: Canada hotel erects a eight-foot high wall in main entrance for Hu Jintao– to block vision of protesters

Posted by Author on June 24, 2010


See how a dictator is isolating himself from the people, and you will know what’s difference between free world and dictatorship.

“The Westin Hotel in Ottawa has erected a roughly eight-foot high cream-coloured, wooden wall in front of its main entrance on Colonel By Drive for the “safety and quiet enjoyment” of visiting Chinese leader Hu Jintao and his delegation, says the hotel’s General Manager John Jarvis.” (The Epochtimes)

The Great Wall has been moved from China to Canada !

The Westin Hotel in Ottawa, prior to the arrival of Chinese leader Hu Jintao (above). The same hotel shown in Google street view without the wall placed in front (below). The hotel manager says the wall was erected for the "safety and quiet enjoyment" of Hu and his delegation. (Top -Lin Yue/The Epoch Times & Street View/Goolge maps)

Detail story from the Epochtimes

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Chinese rights activist banned from Canada Parliament Hill after protesting communist party head’s visit

Posted by Author on June 24, 2010


By Louisa Taylor , The Ottawa Citizen, Canada,  June 24, 2010 –

OTTAWA — A Chinese human rights activist has been banned from Parliament Hill for a year after she tried to demonstrate against the visit to Ottawa by Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday.

Wenzhuo Hou, who goes by the first name Maggie, said Thursday she went to the Hill to wave several signs critical of the Chinese Communist Party. When she arrived on the lawn around 10 a.m., there were already hundreds of people gathered, almost all of them supportive of the president’s visit, Huo says. Protestors representing the Falun Gong, a religious group highly critical of the Chinese government, were on the west side of the lawn, but Huo decided she wanted to get closer to the crowd of supporters. She had three signs on which she had printed several slogan in Chinese, including ‘Do not be fooled by the Communist Party,’ and ‘The Chinese communist regime kills children, forces evictions, and tortures.’

“I wanted these people to realize they are brainwashed by the Chinese government,” said Huo, a human rights activist from China and a member of the China Democracy Party. “But some people in the crowds were very upset with my presence. They insisted I leave. Some of them pushed me, and one man swore at me.”

RCMP officers asked Huo to move to the west side, where the Falun Gong protestors were standing. Huo says she is not a member of the Falun Gong.

“The police were upset with me and said ‘We cannot protect your security, so you have to leave,’” Huo said.

“I challenged them. This is public space, I have the right to be here. I didn’t want to upset the police so I left.”

Huo says she moved to just inside the east gate on Wellington Street and held her signs aloft there. The RCMP again asked her to leave and she did, but she returned, at which point an RCMP officer told her she was under arrest. He handcuffed Huo and put her in a police cruiser.

“Then they told me there would be no criminal charges, but they gave me a piece of paper that says I am prohibited from going to Parliament Hill for a year, and failure to comply could lead to a fine of $2,000.”

A spokesman for the RCMP confirmed that officers gave Huo a “No Trespass” order.

“She was arrested for her own safety — she was about to be in trouble with the other people,” said Sgt. Stéphane Turgeon. “She did not comply with orders to leave to keep the peace, so we issued her with that notice and she was escorted from the premises.”

“I think that is very unfair,” said Huo. “All I did was try to convey some messages to fellow Chinese people. I didn’t attack them, I didn’t provoke them, I was just there in a public space saying I believe something different from them.”

Huo returned to Parliament Hill Thursday afternoon, but said she would stand and stood on the street, but moved onto the lawn again after another RCMP officer told her she couldn’t stand on the street.

“He told me to go up on the lawn, so I did.” said Huo, adding that if she is fined, she will point out that she was follwing instructions from the RCMP.

Huo had similar encounters outside the Westin Hotel Thursday, when pro-China supporters became upset at her signs there.

Huo, who has taught courses at the University of Ottawa on human rights in China, says she has been in numerous demonstrations in front of the Chinese embassy and on Parliament Hill before without incident.

The Ottawa Citizen

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Tape record: Chinese embassy describes welcome Hu Jintao event as “political struggle” against human rights advocates, will pay for all cost of 3,000 passionate supporters’ hotels, food and traveling

Posted by Author on June 23, 2010


Listen to an excerpt from the speech (in Chinese) given by Liu Shaohua, the first secretary of the education section at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, Canada, to Chinese students in Ottawa on Friday June 18, 2010.  Click Here.

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Tape record: About 3,000 people’s cost, including hotels, food and travel, will be paid by Chinese embassy to welcome Hu Jintao as “political struggle”

Posted by Author on June 23, 2010


By Jason Loftus, Epoch Times Staff, June 23, 2010 –

Listen to an excerpt from the speech (in Chinese) given by Liu Shaohua, the first secretary of the education section at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, to students at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on Friday, June 18, 2010, on The Epochtimes webpage at http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/37885/

Beginning today, expect to see throngs of flag-waving Chinese on Parliament Hill and lining the streets of Ottawa where Chinese leader Hu Jintao will visit the next three days. According to an official at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, staff there have been working late into the night and spending lots of money to ensure Mr. Hu is met with a crowd of passionate supporters, not those protesting human rights abuses.

The Epoch Times
has obtained a recording of a speech given Friday by Mr. Liu Shaohua, the first secretary of the education section at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, to a crowd of between 40 and 50 students receiving Chinese state-scholarships to study there. Those students, Liu says, must attend the welcome events for Hu.

In the recording, Mr. Liu says the embassy is covering hotels, food, travel, and clothing for what he estimates will be 3,000 people who will welcome Mr. Hu Wednesday through Friday, coming from as far away as Waterloo, Ont.

The expenses easily total in the hundreds of thousands, based on Liu’s comments. But Mr. Liu describes it as “little money,” in light of the “political struggle” the Chinese regime is waging, the goal being to overshadow human-rights advocates who plan to protest during Hu’s visit.

“Originally, we did not expect the situation to be so complex,” Liu said. “Falun Gong, Tibetan separatists, Uyghur separatists, democracy people have already moved onto Parliament Hill […] This is a battle that relates to defending the reputation of our motherland. The embassy and authorities inside China have a very high requirement.”

“These last few days, everyday, we have been busy until 11 p.m. or midnight,” Liu explained.

All Expenses Paid

Liu began his more than 15 minute address with a name-by-name roll call, to which each student replied, “Yes.”

“This time, for you, all the expenses will all be paid by us,” Liu said. “You do not talk about it outside. Do not talk about it to anyone, except to people in this circle.”

Liu said students who were not on state-sponsored scholarships also had their expenses for the trip covered.

“For our country this is such little money. In my view this is a struggle, a political struggle.”

The “political struggle” Liu refers to appears to be the presence of groups protesting human rights abuses in China. Liu makes reference to Tibetan, Uyghur, and democracy activists, but focuses mainly on Falun Gong, a spiritual group persecuted by the communist regime in China.

“We will take the east part of Parliament Hill,” Liu says. “Falun Gong will take the west of the square. We should have 3,000 people. In terms of quantity, we should be able to surpass them.”

iu says when Hu visited in 2005 and was met with protesters, officials in China were furious. He complained that during that visit, Canadian authorities did not co-operate with Chinese demands regarding the protesters, but this time he says there were some limited guarantees.

“Some parts cannot be guaranteed because this country is particular about so-called freedom. It does not care. It says, ‘we are a free country.’ So we are still negotiating. Falun Gong has already occupied three locations.”

According to several sources, including Chinese students themselves as well as online notices on bulletin boards, all Chinese students will be provided with transportation, meals, and free T-shirts. Some have said there have been promises of $50 per day compensation as well.

Mr. Liu criticized those who talked about cash rewards.

“Some people said something on the Internet like, ‘go to the Chinese embassy to get money’ . . . That’s not good at all. Some people are inexperienced and didn’t realize this.” (to be cont’d)

Listen to an excerpt from the speech (in Chinese) given by Liu Shaohua, the first secretary of the education section at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, to students at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on Friday, June 18, 2010, on The Epochtimes webpage at http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/37885/

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Canada PM must talk human rights with China: coalition

Posted by Author on June 23, 2010


CBC News, Canada, June 22, 2010 –

A coalition of Canadian human rights groups is urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to use the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao as an opportunity to urge China to improve its human rights record.

“Increased prosperity [in China] must not be mistaken for increased human protection,” the group argues in a letter to Harper. The letter details human rights violations against Uyghurs, Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, democracy activists and human rights lawyers.

President Hu Jintao arrives in Canada Wednesday for an official visit and will stay for the G20 meetings on the weekend…….(More detals from CBC News)

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‘I just think it’s absolutely spellbinding’, Says New Jersey Artist After Shen Yun Show

Posted by Author on June 22, 2010


NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey— Putting on the first of two shows at the State Theatre today, June 20, Shen Yun Performing Arts continues to enlighten audiences with its wonderful display of China’s ancient culture. Sarita Cook is an artist from England originally, and has just written and illustrated her first children’s story.

Ms. Cook exclaimed, “I thought the show was absolutely, just magnificent”. She added, ” I was prepared for the beauty and the talent, and the way of dancing, but it was just stunning.”

The New York-based performers showcase China’s 5,000-year-old culture through the artistic media of classical Chinese dance and music. Beautifully costumed energetic and graceful dances are accompanied by the Shen Yun Orchestra in a unique union of Chinese and Western instruments, with solo performances by virtuosos in opera singing and the erhu.

Ms. Cook knows a lot about China, and collects Chinese art and old manuscripts. She is also a Buddhist, and has been influenced by traditional Chinese art ever since she took a course in London. “The culture fascinates me, the country fascinates me,” she said.

The artist was touched by the show for many reasons, commenting, “Artistically, it spoke to me; visually, it spoke to me.”

Two of the dances in the performance depict the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China by the communist regime. Falun Gong is a peaceful meditation practice based upon a set of exercises and living by the principles of truth, compassion and tolerance.

Ms. Cook thinks there needs to be more publicity about what is currently happening in communist China and feels that people can learn a lot from Shen Yun. She explained, “I just think it’s absolutely spellbinding and people should go and see it. And I think we really need to spread what is happening in China-it’s not a free country.”

For Ms. Cook, the most memorable aspect of the show was about human rights and moral values. She had been unaware of the persecution of Falun Gong and was moved by the courage of the Shen Yun performers. She feels their work is essential and America can learn a lot from these upright values.

“I think the show should travel to as many [places] and have as much advertising as it possibly can so people can be awakened because that’s really what the American culture needs,” she concluded.

The Epochtimes

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China auto parts plant halts production due to strike from Monday

Posted by Author on June 22, 2010


June 22 (Reuters) – Japan’s Denso Corp (6902.T), a car parts maker affiliated with Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T), said on Tuesday its joint venture plant in Guangzhou, China has halted production since Monday morning due to a labour strike.

The plant, Denso (Guangzhou Nansha) Co Ltd, has also halted supply of its fuel injection equipment and other products to Toyota, Honda Motor Co (7267.T) and other carmaker clients since Monday, Denso spokeswoman Yoko Suga said.

The management and workers of the joint venture are currently negotiating on the workers’ demand for higher wages and better benefits, she said. (Reporting by Yumiko Nishitani)

Reuters

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Shen Yun Performing Arts Concludes 2010 European Tour With Four Curtain Calls in Poland

Posted by Author on June 18, 2010


By Jan Jekielek, Epoch Times Staff –

LODZ, PolandShen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company rounded out its Poland visit with its third and final performance at the Great Theater in Lodz on June 16. The audience awarded the performers with a full four curtain calls, and a third standing ovation in as many evenings. The evening was Shen Yun’s last performance on its 2010 European tour.

Robert Dybalski, the owner of the famous “Dybalski” confectionary, the “Zielona Budka” ice creamery, and several restaurants in Lodz, brought more than eight family members to the show. He said one of the workers at the Great Theatre had alerted him to Shen Yun’s arrival.

“It’s Chinese culture portrayed in a very different way than how most media around the world will do it, or like what I saw when I went to China,” he said of Shen Yun.

Mr. Dybalski said he saw the diversity of different regions of China shown in the show, saying that he was particularly struck by the Tibetan Dance of Praise.

He also noted the energy of the performance.

“The energy was very strong, and the expression of energy through [Shen Yun’s] dances was immense. This is unheard of anywhere in Europe,” he expressed.

Mr. Dybalski said he saw in Shen Yun dance “a desire to communicate using the art form, through its style and quality, and its precision.”

“I think this communicates strongly with the audience,” he summarized.

Also experiencing Shen Yun on June 16 was Elzbieta Wardeszkiewicz, a Lodz oncologist, who came to see the show with her five-year-old granddaughter Olga…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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

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City Councillor Finds Great Wisdom in Shen Yun Show in Poland

Posted by Author on June 18, 2010


LODZ, PolandShen Yun Performing Arts put on their third and final show last night, June 16, and will soon start making their way home back to New York. Councillor Filip Urbanek was amongst the many enlightened audience members to farewell these amazing artists with hearty applause and many standing ovations.

Mr. Urbanek is the city councillor of Skierniewice, a city in central Poland with about 50,000 inhabitants. After the show, he said he was very impressed and was still calming down from the excitement of having seen Shen Yun.

According to the Shen Yun website, it is a non-profit organization that is independent of China’s communist regime and which seeks to revive the true, five-millennia-old artistic tradition of China that thrived before decades of suppression by the Chinese communist party. The company seeks to breathe new life into traditional Chinese culture while providing audiences everywhere with an experience of sublime beauty.

Mr. Urbanek found everything about the performance very rich and colourful. He was particularly impressed by the erhu solo, describing it as “something wonderful, with beautiful feeling.” This ancient two-stringed Chinese instrument is believed to be the closest to the human voice with its diversity of sound and power to move people’s hearts.

“I’m very happy that this kind of show has come to Poland. There were times when it wasn’t possible. Today is different,” he said, referring to the communist regime which only ended in Poland about 20 years ago.

Mr. Urbanek continued in his praise of Shen Yun and the higher values it portrays, exclaiming, “These artists can tell us more about the things we have only in our memory. I’m happy they were warmly welcomed and were bade farewell with so many ovations. I hope that this climate will help to bring this culture, one of the oldest and richest in the world, from which we can draw great wisdom and truth. I hope it will flourish in Poland.”…… (The Epochtimes)

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Event: China’s Policies Toward Spiritual Movements, roundtable discussion, by The Congressional-Executive Commission on China, June 18, 2010

Posted by Author on June 16, 2010


The Congressional-Executive Commission on China –

ROUNDTABLE

China’s Policies Toward Spiritual Movements (6/18/10)

Friday
, June 18, 2010, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Room 628, Dirksen Senate Office Building
Address: Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Panelists will examine the Chinese government’s policies toward spiritual movements and the factors that drive its treatment of members of spiritual groups. The Chinese government has allowed space for some spiritual movements to operate in China, but has banned other groups, such as Falun Gong. Authorities have subjected members of Falun Gong and other banned groups to strict surveillance, and in some cases, imprisonment, detention outside the legal system, and other abuses. Why does the Chinese government consider some spiritual movements a threat? What challenges and prospects do Falun Gong practitioners face in China that adherents of other groups do not? What does the Chinese government’s treatment of spiritual movements mean for the future of religious freedom in China?

Panelists:

# James Tong, Professor, UCLA Department of Political Science
# Ethan Gutmann, Adjunct Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
# Mark Shan, Program in Philosophy, Theology and Ethics, Boston University
# Sarah Cook, Asia Research Analyst, Freedom House

CECC Roundtables are open to the public and no reservation is required.

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) was created by Congress in October 2000 with the legislative mandate to monitor human rights and the development of the rule of law in China, and to submit an annual report to the President and the Congress. The Commission consists of nine Senators, nine Members of the House of Representatives, and five senior Administration officials appointed by the President. The current (111th Congress) Chairman is Senator Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) and the Cochairman is Representative Sander M. Levin (D-MI).

– from The Congressional-Executive Commission on China

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China Forced Ukrainian Officials to Cancel the Chinese Culture Show Shen Yun

Posted by Author on June 12, 2010


By Andrey Volkov, Epoch Times Staff, June 11, 2010 –

KIEV, UkraineShen Yun Performing Arts, the world’s premier Chinese classical dance and music company, (its shows) has been cancelled in Odessa, Ukraine, as a direct result of pressure by Chinese diplomats on local authorities.

The performance was scheduled for May 28 in Odessa Vodyanoy theatre of musical comedy in southern Ukraine.

Based in New York, the mission of Shen Yun Performing Arts is to revive 5,000 years of artistic tradition in China that was largely destroyed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during the Cultural Revolution. The company has been touring globally since 2007, performing over 500 shows on some of the world’s most prestigious stages.

Chinese diplomats started pressuring Ukrainian officials a month ahead of the show’s opening date to not allow Shen Yun to perform. China’s consulate in Odessa sent a protest note to the regional council requesting them to cancel the performance.

Odessa officials then began receiving letters from Ukraine’s foreign ministry, the prime minister, the ministry of culture and the national security service pressuring the council to cancel the show. The Vodyanoy theatre is run by the Odessa regional council.

The pressure intensified as China’s foreign minister Yang Jieqi visited Ukraine the week before the show was to perform.

The theater then officially suspended the show’s contract, mentioning in the notification letter that it is important for Ukraine to pay close attention to developing friendship and economic ties with Beijing.

At the same time, some Shen Yun performers were denied visas to enter Ukraine without explanation.

Since the interference began, Shen Yun’s presenter in Ukraine, the charitable organization For Children of the New Century, has attempted to talk with top government officials about the situation. However, the charity’s director Svetlana Vetryak, said she was not able to get anyone to meet with her.

The Epoch Times met with Ukrainian Vice-Premier Vladimir Seminozhenko and asked about the situation. He denied any government involvement in the interference with the performance. No other officials responded to The Epoch Times requests for interviews.

“We wanted to let residents and the guests of Odessa enjoy meeting with ancient Chinese culture. It would be truly wonderful cultural event not only for our city, but for all Ukraine,” Alla Lavrinenko from For Children of the New Century, said at the press conference on May 28…….(more details from The Epochtimes)

Related:
Chinese Embassy’s Interference Repeatedly Failed, Shen Yun Performances at Athens Go On

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Shen Yun “An extraordinary performance”, Says Torino Cultural Commission President

Posted by Author on June 12, 2010


TORINO, Italy— Senor Luca Cassiani is president of the Cultural Commission of the Municipality of Torino and was representing the Mayor of Torino at the opening night of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Teatro Regio.

The New York-based performers were met with hearty applause as they premiered new dances and songs that tell of ancient legends and contemporary stories through the millennia-old art forms of classical Chinese dance and music. The Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company Orchestra accompanied the performers with all-original composition, unique in their combination of classical Western and Chinese instruments.

Sr. Cassiani, who has been president of the commission for six years, was full of praise for Shen Yun. He exclaimed, “It was a spectacle that I have never seen with an extraordinary performance; great artists, musicians, singers, dancers, costumes, … I have to say it was a nice experience. It’s a newness.”

He particularly appreciated the piece known as Handkerchiefs, using it as an example of the artists’ ability to put together the choreography and the dancing, the costumes “and everything in harmony,” he added.

In this spirited dance from North East China, the young ladies celebrate the onset of spring, tossing and twirling their handkerchiefs effortlessly, says the programme book.

For Sr. Cassiani, there was a strong spirituality behind Shen Yun which brought him “serenity, tolerance, peace, spiritual pursuit and also freedom,” he said.

He continued to share his thoughts. “I think the values you want to spread is a life in which everybody can express freely their own opinion, thoughts, ideas and spiritual values; in the ascendant to the spiritual life and not only in the material one.”

He was impressed by the ethnic diversity of China’s traditional culture, commenting, “I find extraordinary the way the spectacle, the music, the dancing, the art, and somehow, to represent the traditions of the whole China, cultural traditions from different areas of China from the ones we know to Tibet, Northern China and Southern were put together. Moreover, various arts—the drumming, dances, Tibet, the music and some other instruments that Europe does not know yet.”

Sr. Cassiani was moved by the message that Shen Yun is spreading, explaining, it’s “a message of tolerance, peace and respect of everybody’s ideas, the profession of faith and the spiritual path which everyone has the right to walk on.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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

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Chinese Embassy’s Interference Repeatedly Failed, Shen Yun Performances at Athens Go On

Posted by Author on June 8, 2010


By Joshua Philipp & Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times Staff, Jun 8, 2010 –

Seemingly wherever Shen Yun, a show of classical Chinese dance and music touring the world, appears, officials of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) seek to block it from performing. Nonetheless, nearly all of the hundreds of performances have taken place on schedule.

Cancellations have occurred in countries that were part of the former Soviet Union—Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, and Romania—or where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has strong leverage, such as in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Singapore.

Two performances of the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts in Greece on June 4 and 5 nearly didn’t happen. The details are unique to Athens, but the story is similar to other venues.

On May 21, exactly two weeks before the first scheduled performance, the Falun Dafa Association of Greece, the sponsor of the show, discovered that the ticket sales for Shen Yun were disrupted. The Athens Music Hall did not inform them about stopping ticket sales, but the sponsor became suspicious when they were no longer getting daily updates.

Soon thereafter, the sponsor received a faxed message from the Athens Music Hall, saying that the shows had to be “postponed” due to technical problems at the venue, which could only be fixed between June 1 and 7—a period that included the days of the scheduled Shen Yun performances.

At first, the theater would not specify the “technical problem.” Later, they disclosed it as a ventilation problem. No explanation was provided as to why the alleged ventilation problem could not be fixed prior to the Shen Yun shows, as the theater’s calendar indicated several days with no scheduled performances beforehand.

It is not hard to surmise where the pressure to “postpone,” which would have meant canceling the shows, came from. Greece has been in an economic crisis with a $300 billion debt. On the day the sponsor of Shen Yun learned that their shows would be “postponed,” Reuters reported that China Ocean Shipping Group (COSCO) would go ahead with investments to modernize Piraeus Port as part of a 3.4 billion euro concession deal with Greece.

According to Greek media reports, the spokesperson for the Falun Dafa Association of Greece said that COSCO’s president and senior managers met with Greek politicians at the theater on the same day, May 31.

In the end, the theater backed down, and the performances went on at the scheduled times. One of the dancers wrote to The Epoch Times that Shen Yun performers held a long meeting with the theater’s management, explaining in depth the role played by the CCP. After that meeting, the theater allowed them to proceed with the shows and indicated that they absolutely did not want to get involved in political matters. …… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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

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(Photos) 150,000 Chinese gathered in Hong Kong Marking the 21st anniversary of Beijing Tiananmen Square massacre

Posted by Author on June 4, 2010


On June 4, 2010, more than 150,000 people gathered in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park marking the 21st anniversary of Beijing Tiananmen Square massacre.

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre (1)

Hong Kong vigil 2010 for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre (2)

Hong Kong vigil 2010 for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre (3)

On the way to Victoria Park vigil for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

Hong Kong vigil 2010 in Victoria Park for June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre

(Photos credit to The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun ‘Eleven out of Ten’ , Says Brisbane Business Owner

Posted by Author on June 3, 2010


BRISBANE, AustraliaShen Yun Performing Arts’ tour of Australia has finally come to a close with their last show at the Lyric Theatre on Wednesday night, June 3. The New York-based company is continuing on to Hawaii as it completes its 2010 world tour, bringing joy to people from all walks of life in its divine vision of cultural renewal.

The performance showcases stories from 5000 years of Chinese culture through classical dance and music. This year, for the first time, the tour is accompanied by the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company Orchestra—more than 40 professional musicians creating a wonderful union of Chinese and Western traditions.

Keith Sykes originally comes from England and runs his own business as a training consultant in engineering workplace health and safety. He attended Shen Yun with his wife who is a retired dancer. The couple will soon be travelling to China on holiday so had decided to come and see Shen Yun to get a taste of Chinese culture before their trip. They have already spent a lot of time in Asia, mainly in Vietnam and Taiwan.

Mr. Sykes exclaimed, “I’m just blown out of my mind! The costumes were great! Lovely, lovely dancers, and I love the atmosphere. I thought the audience were all switched on, it was magic. I hope the second half is as good as the first, it’s just great.”

He felt that he had learned a lot about Chinese culture and classical dance, commenting, “It’s very gentle, very soft and very precise and lots of clean movements, and you can tell as I know a bit about ballet, about the way they are dancing. You can tell what they are saying—very expressive.”

Mr. Sykes had felt an underlying message in the show about the current situation in China where the spiritual discipline of Falun Gong is being persecuted. One of the dances portrays a mother and her daughter being arrested for practising Falun Gong. He said, “Yes, I got a bit teary on the one about the beings coming down and the little girl being taken away. Yes, and them all going back up, I thought that was great.”

He continued with his overall impression of the performance, saying, “A lovely big strong belief because they are a different culture to us, and I like that spiritual side of things. So for me, I’ll give it an 11 out of 10. It was just great—a new experience.”

Mr. Sykes will be telling his friends that they must come and see Shen Yen, adding, “To see it is to believe it, because there are not many people that know much about it. Well worth seeing, worth every penny. It can reach anybody and everybody. It was really just great, I can’t say anything else. Yes, I have no faults at all.”

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will now travel to Hawaii to perform four shows at Concert Hall, Neal Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, from June 4-6. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epochtimes

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Shen Yun Show Schedule in June 2010 in Australia, Greece, Italy, Poland, and the United States

Posted by Author on May 31, 2010


Shen Yun Performing Arts is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, seeks to revive the true, five-millennia-old artistic tradition of China. Here’s its shows’ schedule in June 2010:

Brisbane, Australia
Jun 1 – 2
Athens, Greece
Jun 3 – 4
Honolulu, HI, United States
Jun 4 – 6
Torino, Italy
Jun 8 – 9
Lodz, Poland
Jun 14 – 16
New Brunswick, NJ, United States
Jun 20
Providence, RI, United States
Jun 26 – 27
Orlando, FL, United States
Jun 30

– From website of Shen Yun Performing Arts

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Shen Yun is “so dynamic and so uplifting”, says Cleveland City Councilwoman

Posted by Author on May 30, 2010


The Epochtimes, May 29, 2010-

CLEVELAND, Ohio— City of Cleveland Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell was very pleased to attend the Shen Yun Performing Arts show at the Playhouse Square on Saturday evening.

Speaking on behalf of the City Council at the post-show reception, Ms. Mitchell presented in the reception the Council’s resolution of recognition for Shen Yun’s arrival to their city to those present.

“This Council applauds Shen Yun on its outstanding expression of the cherished traditional values of Chinese culture, and extends the best wishes for a wonderful Cleveland experience with this very unique show,” Ms. Mitchell read from the resolution.

She explained that Shen Yun was a very “uplifting performance” and that she was pleasantly surprised.

“I never anticipated Shen Yun would be so dynamic and so uplifting,” she said.

Shen Yun, explained Ms. Mitchell, is “good for the soul,” and also informs people about the 5,000 plus years history of China.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts presents classical Chinese dance and music through exhilarating colorful shows for audiences around the world.

“It is really, really great,” Ms. Mitchell said, thanking the Shen Yun artists for giving her the “pleasure” to enjoy Chinese history and culture……. (more detals from The Epochtimes)

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(Photos) Hong Kong Parade Protests the June 4 Beijing Tiananmen Killing

Posted by Author on May 30, 2010


Parade in Hong Kong Protests Beijing Tiananmen Massacre in 1989 (The Epochtimes)

Parade in Hong Kong Protests Beijing Tiananmen Massacre in 1989 (The Epochtimes)

Parade in Hong Kong Protests Beijing Tiananmen Massacre in 1989 (The Epochtimes)

Parade in Hong Kong Protests Beijing Tiananmen Massacre in 1989 (The Epochtimes)

Parade in Hong Kong Protests Beijing Tiananmen Massacre in 1989 (The Epochtimes)

Parade in Hong Kong Protests Beijing Tiananmen Massacre in 1989 (The Epochtimes)

Parade in Hong Kong Protests Beijing Tiananmen Massacre in 1989 (The Epochtimes)

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March in Hong Kong’s Torrential Rain to Commemorate June 4 Beijing Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted by Author on May 30, 2010


DPA, via earthtimes.org, May 30, 2010-

Hong Kong – Hundreds of people took part in an annual march in Hong Kong Sunday to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing.

Police estimated that about 800 people took part in the march from Victoria Park to Hong Kong’s Central Government Offices although organisers claimed the turnout was much higher.

The marchers braved torrential rain as they shouted slogans and held up banners calling on China to reverse its verdict on the pro-democracy activists who died in the crackdown on June 4, 1989.

Hong Kong, a former British colony which reverted to Chinese rule in 1989 under a ‘one country two systems’ arrangement, is the only place on Chinese soil where the killings are publicly commemorated.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to join a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on Friday evening, the city’s main annual event to mark the massacre’s anniversary.

On Saturday, police detained 13 activists and confiscated a replica statue of the Goddess of Democracy when the activists staged an unauthorised anniversary protest at a shopping mall.

by DPA

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“First Class” – Melbourne Philanthropist Praises Shen Yun (video)

Posted by Author on May 29, 2010


NTD TV, Via DailyMotion –

Shen Yun’s second performance at Melbourne’s State Theatre, has once again uplifted audience members.

Pat La Manna was impressed by the skill and the professionalism of the dancers.

[Pat La Manna, Philanthropist/Entrepreneur]:
“First class, I’ve never ever seen anything like that before, truly!, I don’t think I ever will again.”

Enthusiastic about the whole show, he felt a sense of joy surrounding the dancers.

[Pat La Manna, Philanthropist/Entrepreneur]:
“Everything, absolutely everything, and the scenery and the costumes and the way they look – the happy lot … I recommend it to everybody to come and see the show. It’s something different that will probably be years before you see a show like this again.” ….. (more details from NTD TV)

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

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Shen Yun ‘deserve a medal’, Says Former Australian Ballerina

Posted by Author on May 29, 2010


MELBOURNE, Australia– Former ballerina Kristine Whorlaw had not heard of the Shen Yun Performing Arts but now that she has seen one of its shows, her memories gleaned will be hard to forget. She saw the company at Melbourne’s Arts Centre State Theatre on May 29. “I thought it was absolutely wonderful. I was stunned, quite frankly,” Ms. Whorlaw said. “The dancing was amazing, quite marvellous, really. I think the fluidity of the movement of the female dancers, mixed with the vibrant acrobatics of the male dancers… oh, the coordination was just fantastic. I don’t know who does the getting them all together and all the training, but I think they deserve a medal.”

Even more than the technical quality, the emotional content spoke to her.

Ms. Whorlaw said Shen Yun had “absolutely world class dancers,” while her husband, Mr. Trousdale, mused about the depth of the show he couldn’t quite pinpoint. “It was a message that was … it was a subtle message, but I think it was given with a tremendous amount of feeling and sincerity. That’s what I felt. It wasn’t really pushing the theme, or the idea, but the message came out clearly, very simply, and it was very nicely done.”

His wife agreed, saying the feeling “was extremely sincere.”

“I think the audience would have been impressed by that. And I think the message gave the impression that the members of the company were very sincere and dedicated, and really believed in what they’re doing and in their own personal beliefs.”

Ms. Whorlaw said she could see how Chinese classical dance influenced other dance forms, saying she was “extremely impressed” with not only the emotional depiction of the different stories, but also the technique, and choreography.”

Story-based dances adapted from beloved Chinese legends, folkloric traditions and modern day stories of astounding courage, are one of the trademarks of Shen Yun.

“I had to sit upright in my chair, as my husband will tell you, and look at some of the choreography, because as he said, it had great fluidity and agility and ease. So I think it was extremely impressive.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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

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Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker Finds Shen Yun ‘Very moving’, ‘quite inspiring’

Posted by Author on May 26, 2010


MELBOURNE, Australia— The Arts capital of Australia played host to Shen Yun Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 25, in the first of seven shows at the Arts Centre State Theatre.

Shen Yun, a New York-based company, tours the world with presentations of Chinese classical dance, vocalists and a live orchestral fusion of Western and Chinese instruments, providing a unique insight into traditional Chinese culture, with a thought provoking and moving production.

Emmy Award winning filmmaker and actor Tahir Cambis was in the audience to see Shen Yun’s opening performance in Melbourne.

“I found it very moving in parts, and quite inspiring,” Mr. Cambis said.

“What I was interested in … I was looking at it as a Westerner and thinking … what sort of information will this pass on to Western people. People who have most of their ideas of China pass through, say, mainland China, and so I was trying to see how the references to the Tang Dynasty and traditional culture would communicate themselves to Western audiences.”

According to its website, Shen Yun Performing Arts “is a nonprofit organization that is independent of China’s communist regime and which seeks to revive the true, five-millennia-old artistic tradition of China that thrived before decades of suppression by the Chinese communist party.”

Mr. Cambis said: “In terms of giving Western people a chance to connect to something and say, ok I see there’s kind of a movement happening of both artistic, philosophical, as well as a spiritual one that has global implications, and that it’s operating outside of the mainstream Chinese government’s ideas of what Chinese culture should be, which is good.”

Mr. Cambis believed that “it’s healthy to have alternative and diverse ideas about spirituality and culture in any society.”

Mr. Cambis’ film, Exile in Sarajevo won an International Emmy Award, as well as Best Documentary at the Melbourne Film Festival. Mr. Cambis travelled to Sarajevo during the siege by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995, spending months in the war torn area and documenting the impact of the war on the citizens of Sarajevo, particularly the children.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Melbourne’s Arts Centre State Theatre until May 30. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epochtimes

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China’s Shanghai Expo Pays $3.2 Million for Plagiarized Japanese Song

Posted by Author on May 23, 2010


NTD TV –

Japanese singer Maya Okamoto (photo from Internet)

The Shanghai World Expo will pay 300 million Japanese yen (approximately US$3.2 million) to Japanese singer Maya Okamoto for plagiarizing her song, according to a report published on Japanese news websites last week.

The song Right Here Waiting for You 2010 was used for the month of promotion leading up to the opening of the Shanghai World Expo and organizers had reportedly spent 10 million yuan (US$1.46 million) producing the song.

Soon after its premiere on Chinese television on April 1, Internet users pointed out that 95 percent of the melody was identical to Japanese pop singer Maya Okamoto’s Stay the Way You Are from 1997.

Japan’s major media outlets widely reported on the case. One TV commentator complained of the response to the plagiarism revelations: “This whole situation should be the other way around. First they should have gotten permission before using the song. Yet, they have neither apologized nor given a public statement. Generally, these cases should also involve reimbursement, shouldn’t they?”

From office stationery to international brand name cars, Hello Kitty plush toys to amusement parks, the impression of China being a “nation of plagiarists” and a “paradise of piracy” has become deeply rooted in the Japanese mind. The popular outcry in Japan was stronger this time, since the apparent pirate was a government agency rather than a private company.

36-year-old Maya Okamoto rose to fame in the 90s from a performance of her original song, Tomorrow.

Though Stay the Way You Are was not her most famous song, the scandal with the Shanghai Expo has turned things around for her career, which went downhill some years ago. She will soon be releasing a new album expected to top the charts.

A comparison of the original ballad with the Shanghai Expo version is available here

– Read the original Chinese report by NTD TV

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