Spy and Sex Scandal Implicates Chinese Woman and S. Korean Diplomats


By Sophia Fang & Gisela Sommer, Epoch Times Staff-

Three South Korean diplomats at the consulate in Shanghai are allegedly involved in a sex-for-favors scandal with a 33-year-old married Chinese woman, said by some news sources to be the granddaughter of the late Deng Xiaoping, China’s former paramount leader. Korean reports indicate the woman has obtained classified information including the phone numbers of high-ranking Korean officials.

Mrs. Deng Xinmin is married to a Korean national, referred to as Mr. J., who works in Shanghai. Mr. J. contacted authorities after he discovered sensitive information on his wife’s USB stick. Continue reading

Chinese Regime Fails to Stop South Korean Shen Yun Shows, Court ruling overturns cancellation in Busan


BUSAN, South Korea— After a last minute court ruling by a judge in Busan, efforts by the Chinese regime to stop Shen Yun Performing Arts from playing in South Korea have come up empty.

The show in Busan had been cancelled due to pressure from Chinese consular officials, in spite of the show’s hosts, the South Korean Falun Dafa Association, having a valid contract for the theater.

But after a court ruling delivered seven hours before showtime on Jan. 19, the first of three shows in Busan went ahead as planned. These are the debut shows in a tour that also visits Daegu and Goyang in South Korea, and cities in Taiwan, Japan, and Australia. Continue reading

South Korean President Vows North Korea Will Pay as China Calls for Talks


Nov. 29 (Bloomberg) – South Korean President Lee Myung Bak vowed to make Kim Jong Il’s regime pay for military attacks as China sought talks to defuse tension on the Korean peninsula.

“It’s become clear that more patience and tolerance only leads to bigger provocations,” Lee said today in a national address from Seoul in which he apologized for the government’s weak response to the Nov. 23 shelling. “North Korea will be made to pay for any further provocation no matter what.” Continue reading

Analysts: Chinese Regimes behind the North Korea’s Attack


By Gao Zitan & Jiang Yuchan, Epoch Times Staff, Nov. 25, 2010 -

Following the bombardment of Yeonpyeong Island by North Korea, the international community condemned North Korea for this reckless, unprovoked attack, but Beijing merely expressed concern over the incident.

The failure to condemn the North Korean attack is part of Beijing’s strategy to use the attack to gain an advantage over the United States, analysts say. The Chinese regime seeks to force the United States to the negotiation table where it would seek concessions, in particular on exchange rates.

The deadly 2 hour, 10 minute, Nov. 23 artillery attack on South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island is the latest in a string of provocations by the North. Continue reading

China Opposes South Korean Sanctions Against Iran


VOA News, 09 September 2010 -

China has expressed opposition to South Korea’s new sanctions on Iran for its suspected nuclear weapons program.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Thursday China does not approve of the unilateral sanctions.  She said the Chinese government hopes countries will instead stick to diplomatic efforts and seek a resolution through dialogue and negotiations.

Following a fourth round of United Nations Security Council sanctions imposed in June, South Korea Wednesday joined the United States, the EU and other countries in imposing additional sanctions against Iran…….(more details from VOA News)

Containing China in new cold war


By Paul Lin (林保華), The Taipei Times, Taiwan, Sunday, Aug 22, 2010 -

On Monday
, the US and South Korea held their second joint military exercise in a month. The scale of the drill outstripped that of the first drill, held late last month, by three times. Despite both Chinese and North Korean threats, the US and South Korean insistence on the drills was a response to North Korea’s alleged sinking of the South Korean Cheonan warship. It was also a reaction to China’s recent claim that the Yellow Sea and the South China Sea are part of its core interests.

North Korea denies responsibility for the sinking, and China pretends to remain neutral. However, the North launched its invasion of the South 60 years ago with Chinese and Soviet backing, but China covered up its support with lies and has never admitted or apologized for its backing. How, then, can we possibly believe China’s denial and profession of neutrality today?

The Korean War should not be forgotten because it was the first war in which the communist camp tried to expand their influence by force after World War II, and the free world successfully beat them back. It also marked the beginning of the Cold War era.

To block the communist expansion, NATO developed an integrated military structure in Europe and the East Asian region developed the “crescent-shaped” island chain defense line consisting of South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines. However, the two were unable to join up and form a single defense line against communism because China made every effort to co-opt India, Indonesia, Burma, Pakistan and Ceylon (Sri Lanka). In 1955, China called the Asian-African Conference in Bandung, Indonesia, to form a third international force. Meanwhile, China and the Soviet Union were to various degrees inciting Middle Eastern countries against Western democracies.

After the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin died in 1953, China and the Soviet Union started to fight for dominance of the international communist movement, and their discord could not be resolved during the 1960s. Later, the Soviet Union tried to use the chaos of the Cultural Revolution to tame the arrogant former Chinese leader Mao Zedong (毛澤東).

This led to the Sino-US cooperation in the 1970s. Finally, the Soviet Union collapsed in the late 1980s, partially because its national strength was consumed by the arms race against the US.

The Chinese Communist Party is extremely tricky. After the Cultural Revolution ended, it pretended to be an ally of the West.

In the 1980s, former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping (鄧小平) ordered the party to keep a low profile, and in the 1990s, then-Chinese leader Jiang Zemin’s (江澤民) US policy of “increasing trust, reducing trouble, promoting cooperation and demoting confrontation” duped Western democracies into offering Beijing economic assistance.

In the 21st century, especially after financial crisis struck in 2008, the true face of the “Chinese empire,” described by China expert John Tkacik, then started to gradually show.

For example, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (溫家寶) was overbearing and arrogant toward US President Barack Obama at an international conference, saying that the Chinese army would lay down the rules for the US. Eventually, the US Department of State and the Pentagon gradually synchronized their views on the issue.

China’s toughness did not scare the US, but it did frightened its neighbors, and South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and India clearly hoped the US would stay in Asia. Even communist Vietnam hopes so.

As a result of China’s domestic crackdown on Muslims, Middle Eastern countries have also distanced themselves from China. Mongolia, which shares its southern border with China, has become a democracy. Former Soviet countries are also transforming into democracies and they are increasingly cautious about China. Russia no longer sells advanced weapons to China and the operations of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization have ground to a halt.

China is no longer contained by a crescent-shaped defense line, but it is now completely surrounded. The only exceptions are Myanmar and Iran, which adopt a firm anti-US stance. However, the domestic situation in both those countries is relatively unstable. Today, a new cold war between China and the US has replaced the old one between the US and the Soviet Union.

China is not unaware of the current international situation and that is why Chinese President Hu Jintao’s (胡錦濤) adviser Zheng Bijian (鄭必堅) has reshaped China’s “peaceful rise” into “peaceful development.”

However, Jiang and Hu, who both tried to curry favor with the Chinese military to bolster their power, have spoiled it with luxury and pleasure. In terms of economic development, totalitarian rule is causing social tensions to increase steadily. The question is, will the multinational corporations will stand by the totalitarian rulers for their own economic benefits once China descends into turmoil?

Although Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙) was notorious for cooperating with the Russians and suppressing provincial autonomy, he said in a famous remark that the global trend toward freedom and democracy was going forward with great strength. Those who follow the trend will survive; those who do not will perish.

Which side should President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) take? From a long-term perspective, Taiwan’s path is twisted, but our future remains bright.

Paul Lin is a political ­commentator based in Taipei.

- The Taipei Times

China sends S.Korean prisoner of war back to N.Korea


AFP, July 26, 2010 -

SEOUL — China has repatriated an 81-year-old former South Korean prisoner of war who had fled North Korea decades after being captured, a newspaper report and an activist said Tuesday.

Dong-A Ilbo quoted an unidentified government official as saying the man surnamed Jung was sent back despite intensive diplomatic efforts by Seoul to bring him to the South.

A foreign ministry spokeswoman said she had no information.

“The government made tremendous diplomatic efforts but he was eventually sent back to the North,” the source was quoted as saying.

South Korea had contacted Chinese diplomatic authorities more than 50 times since Jung’s arrest, the daily said.

Choi Sung-Yong, an activist who campaigns for the return of South Korean abductees, said Jung was forcibly returned to the North in September last year, about a month after being arrested in China where he was hiding.

He said Jung was arrested eight days after he fled the North with the help of South Korean activists.

China repatriates escapees from North Korea as illegal immigrants even though they can face harsh punishment back home.

By Seoul’s official account 494 South Koreans, mostly fishermen, were seized in the Cold War decades following the war. Seoul also says more than 500 prisoners of war were never sent home after the Korean War armistice was signed on July 27, 1953.

North Korea denies holding any southerners against their will, even though some have managed to escape from the hunger-stricken country.

- AFP

When will China end the coverup of the fact of Korean War


Editorials, Joongang Daily, South Korea, June 26, 2010 -

An article
in a Chinese state publication defined the Korean War as an invasion by North Korea. It is an incredible statement for a state news publication to have made.

In its feature on the 60th anniversary of the start of the 1950-53 Korean War, the International Herald Leader, a newsweekly of the Xinhua News Agency, said the North Korean army launched the war by crossing the 38th parallel and seizing South Korean capital Seoul in three days.

The article immediately drew attention, with some placing significance on China’s first admission of military aggression by North Korea at the start of the war.

However, the article was soon removed from the weekly’s Web site as well as the sites of Xinhua and other portals. It is suspected that the Beijing government had a hand in removing the pieces, fearing the repercussions from North Korea. But the fiasco leaves us feeling bitter, as our two states could form a constructive and mature partnership based on an accurate acknowledgement of historical events.

The Korean War is a sensitive issue for China. It played a major role in a war that still has the two Koreas locked in conflict. But the fact that the North invaded the South is an established fact based on solid evidence.

Confidential documents from the Soviet Union provide vivid accounts of Kim Il Sung’s ambitious plans for unification through military aggression. Some Chinese historians support the invasion theory, as highlighted by the two-day interview featured in the International Herald Leader article.

However uncomfortable they may be, historical facts must be recorded truthfully and should not be covered up or distorted by political or ideological interests……. (more details from Joongang Daily)

China no longer to claim Korean War began when the U.S. invaded North Korea ?


By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai, The Telegraph, UK, June 25, 2010 -

Until now
, the Chinese have staunchly supported their North Korean allies, along whose side they fought in the war.

China previously insisted that the war was waged out of American aggression. The official title of the conflict on the mainland is “The War to Resist America and Aid Korea”.

Chinese history textbooks state that the Korean War began when “the United States assembled a United Nations army of 15 countries and defiantly marched across the border and invaded North Korea, spreading the flames of war to our Yalu river.”

The official Chinese media stated for the first time that it was North Korea that dealt the first blow. In a special report, Xinhua’s International Affairs journal said: “On June 25, 1950, the North Korean army marched over 38th Parallel and started the attack. Three days later, Seoul fell.”

China and North Korea were “as close as lips and teeth,” said Mao Tse-tung.

The Korean War, which has never formally ended, has been largely forgotten in the West, despite the deaths of between two and three million people in the fighting.

In Asia, however, the memory of the war is still felt strongly and has sustained a continuing alliance and emotional bond between Beijing and Pyongyang.

While many Chinese historians privately subscribe to the view that North Korea was the aggressor in the war, driven by Kim Il-sung’s desire to unite the Korean peninsula under a Communist banner, the matter remains highly sensitive.

“It is not convenient for me to comment on the matter,” said Zhang Liangui, a leading professor of Korean studies at the Communist Central Party School in Beijing. “I was not aware of this timeline [in the Xinhua article]. As far as I am aware there has been no change to the official view on the war.”

Meanwhile, the Global Times, a government-run newspaper, said it was “high time to renew and strengthen efforts by Chinese scholars to discover the truth about the Korean War.”

In Seoul, South Korea held an official ceremony to remember the war and Lee Myung-bak, the president, paid tribute to the dead. “Sixty years ago, North Korea’s communists opened fire on a weekend’s dawn when all people were sleeping peacefully,” he said.

Meanwhile, across the border, North Korea put across its own view of the conflict. Under the headline: “US, Provoker of Korean War,” the country’s state news agency accused Washington of starting the war with a surprise attack.

“All the historical facts show that it is the US imperialists who unleashed the war in Korea and that the United States can never escape from the responsibility,” the Korean Central News Agency said.

- The Telegraph

China’s troubling friendship with N. Korea


By Fred Hiatt, Via The Washington Post, USA, May 10, 2010 -

Fresh from sinking a South Korean navy ship
and taking the lives of 46 mostly young sailors, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il hopped on his private armored train last week for a friendly visit to his enablers in Beijing.

Is that a harsh interpretation of events? Yes; nuances and caveats to follow. But it’s also an interpretation that best fits the available facts — and it raises questions about the Obama administration’s enduring hope (like the hope of the Bush administration before it) for China’s help in constraining not only North Korea but also Iran and other bad actors around the world.

The South Korean corvette Cheonan exploded, broke in two and sank off the west coast of Korea in darkness March 26, with 46 of the crew of 104 killed or lost at sea. Officially, the cause of the explosion remains under investigation, and South Korean President Lee Myung Bak has lodged no accusations. But the two pieces of the boat have been salvaged, internal explosions have been ruled out as cause and — last week — South Korean newspapers reported that traces of a torpedo had been found. The list of logical suspects extends from A to A.

Lee, contending with popular anger among South Koreans, has labored methodically to lay the groundwork for a multilateral response focused on diplomatic or economic sanctions; military retaliation would only risk wider war. To that end, he discussed the sinking with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Shanghai on April 30. South Korean officials hoped that China would help send a message to its ally in Pyongyang that ship-sinking is not an approved sport among civilized nations.

Instead, three days later, and without notification to South Korea, China rolled out the red carpet for North Korea’s self-titled Dear Leader. The Chinese press was not permitted to report on the four-day visit as it took place or even acknowledge that it was happening. But after Kim was safely home, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that Hu had hosted a welcoming banquet in the Dear Leader’s honor. “Hu said the traditional friendship between China and the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] is the common treasure of the two governments, parties and peoples,” Xinhua reported.

What to make of this? Analysts who believe that China wields a moderating, useful influence over North Korea found comfort in a five-point proposal that Hu issued. It called, for example, for the two countries “to strengthen coordination in international and regional affairs”; perhaps that signaled China’s discontent that Pyongyang was sinking ships in the neighborhood without warning. According to the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, Kim unexpectedly departed Beijing before using his coveted ticket to the North Korean version of the Chinese classic opera “Dream of the Red Mansion”; maybe he left in a huff after Chinese officials had (perhaps) expressed reservations about ship-sinking.

On the other hand, Chosun Ilbo also reported that Kim returned home with promises of 100,000 tons of food and $100 million in other aid from China for the crippled North Korean economy. And that reflects China’s true role in North Korea. Despite all the time spent in six-party talks in recent years, and all the discussion of China’s new role as a “responsible stakeholder” and a “strategic partner,” its main accomplishment has been to keep Kim Jong Il’s murderous regime sputtering along. It does this by sending North Korean refugees who make it across the Yalu River back to North Korea, often to be executed, which tends to discourage the outward flow that would otherwise take place. And in periods when the United States, South Korea and Japan restrict their aid to North Korea for political reasons, China fills the gap. The regime’s nuclear program has not been restrained; it is likely to face no serious consequences for its sinking of the Cheonan.

All of this matters greatly to the 24 million or so people who remain imprisoned inside Kim’s gulag nation. How much it matters to South Korea and its allies, including America, is debatable, since in one sense South Korea already has won the war. Its economy has grown to about $28,000 per person in purchasing power, according to the CIA World Factbook, not far behind Japan’s; the CIA estimates the North Korean economy at $1,900 per person, which seems generous when stacked against accounts of refugees who have escaped.

But it may matter more as an indication of how much help President Obama can expect from Hu and his colleagues. For a U.S. government hoping that China would rein in North Korea’s nuclear program and back sanctions strong enough to influence Iran’s behavior, Hu’s post-Cheonan embrace of the Dear Leader must be a little dispiriting.

- The Washington Post

Korean Peninsula Blanketed by Worst Yellow Dust from China


By Bae Ji-sook, The Korea Times, Staff Reporter, Mar. 21, 2010-

The Korean Peninsula experienced its worst case of yellow dust ever recorded Saturday and Sunday, leading the weather administration to advise people to take extra care as more is expected this month.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) posted a special yellow dust warning for most parts of the country Saturday.

The dust in the air marked 2,684 micrograms per cubic meter in Daegu; 2,408 micrograms in Jindo, South Jeolla Province; and 1,048 micrograms in Sokcho, Gangwon Province. These are the worst figures since the KMA started taking dust density measurements in 2005.

According to the agency, the special warning is posted only when the density is over 800 micrograms per cubic meter. The KMA posted its first such warning in 2007.

Drivers and pedestrians said the thick dust clouded their visibility.

The particles also kept many people from going outdoors for fear of respiratory problems.

A KMA spokesman said the dust storm was initiated in the Gobi. “Dust from Neimenggu (Inner Mongolia) and the yellow soil of the Hwangho River valley (China) have also contributed to the record amount of pollutants in the air.

Another dust storm is heading here from the inner part of China, likely causing more dust across the nation by Monday,” he said.

Air pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide blowing in from China have long been a headache here……. (more details from The Korea Times)

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


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


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)

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


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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Events around the world in March 2010: Shen Yun Performing Arts Show (Video)


Shen Yun, the state of arts classical Chinese dance and music show is traveling in about 100 cities around the world and will go to USA, Canada, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and many European cities in March 2010. Here’s a  brief schedule:

Daegu, Korea
Feb 25 – Mar 1
Saitama, Japan
Mar 4
Tokyo, Japan
Mar 5 – 7
Amsterdam, Holland
Mar 5 – 7
Cincinnati, OH, USA
Mar 6
Louisville, KY, USA
Mar 7
Yokohama, Japan
Mar 9
Indianapolis, IN, USA
Mar 9 – 10
Bruges, Belgium
Mar 9 – 10
Hiroshima, Japan
Mar 12
Frankfurt, Germany
Mar 12 – 14
Kansas City, KS, USA
Mar 13 – 14
Fukuoka, Japan
Mar 15
Ogden, UT, USA
Mar 16 – 18
Nishinomiya, Japan
Mar 17
Lausanne, Switzerland
Mar 18
Taipei, Taiwan
Mar 19 – 25
Portland, OR, USA
Mar 20 – 21
Lyon, France
Mar 20 – 21
Seattle, WA, USA
Mar 23 – 24
Bregenz, Austria
Mar 23 – 24
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Mar 25 – 28
Chiayi, Taiwan
Mar 27 – 28
Dublin, Ireland
Mar 28
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Mar 30 – 31
Calgary, AB, Canada
Mar 30 – Apr 1

For details please check Shen Yun Performing Arts’ official website.

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Shen Yun Review, by Korean Orchestra Director: ‘Is absolutely perfect’


SUWON, South Korea— Local dignitaries and renowned artists attended the first Shen Yun New York Company’s show in South Korea on Feb 17th. Among them was prominent Arirang orchestra director Oh Ji Yoon who said, “You cannot find a flaw in this performance, it is absolutely perfect, the whole world should come to a consensus to invite Shen Yun to their country.”

The Chinese Communist regime spared no efforts in trying to interfere with the Shen Yun shows in Korea, including exerting political pressure on the venue to cancel the shows, and on elected officials not to see the shows.

Oh Ji Yoon is the director of the Arirang Orchestra, an orchestra enriched with Korean colors. After watching the show, Ms. Oh said: “In Korea, I am also involved in traditional music. There are so many things we can learn from Shen Yun shows, I really don’t know how to express my feelings right now. I have so many thoughts right now that words cannot describe them …

At present, Ms. Oh has plans to promote Korean national music internationally. She said: “Indeed, Shen Yun has given me many valuable sources of inspiration. … Chinese people are a race with spirit and strength, there are so many things I have to learn from them.

Ms. Oh also said that from the costumes to the stage effects, the show is impeccable. Most of the opera shows in Korea adopt staging techniques from their Western counterparts but today Shen Yun exhibited a different characteristic. She said: “I learned many things. The costumes and stage layout are excellent. Furthermore, one can see the performers’ rich spiritual and Chinese cultural essence. This kind of spirit cannot be expressed using technical means.”

Oh Ji Yoon said that the cooperation between the emcees, as well as all the movements in the show are extremely perfect. “Through their performance, I realized that they aspire to bring Chinese culture to the whole world. Such integrity is what I think should be passed down.”

Ms. Oh is most impressed with the spirit and essence of Chinese culture brought to life through the form of arts by Shen Yun. She commented that this is the most remarkable part of the show and reflects the traditional spirit.

She was impressed at how the Shen Yun New York Orchestra is able to combine both Western and Chinese musical instruments—turning it into something of its own. Yet at the same time, it is able to retain its own spiritual connotation, which is also most important.

“Especially through the medium of arts, the realms, or spirit, or soul, Shen Yun presented to audience, the highest value given by arts … this kind of art should not be artificially segregated into Western or Oriental arts.”

Finally Ms. Oh expressed: “Today’s performance has a great effect on my future work, it has helped me tremendously. The show is absolutely gorgeous! It has traditional spirit and is an excellent show. I am very touched.”

Shen Yun has three touring companies and three live orchestras which will be touring to over 100 cities and 400 shows as part of its 2010 world tour.

- From the Epochtimes

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Renowned Korean violinist: Shen Yun’s Show Is Immeasurably Sacred


By Jim Myeong-Yo, Epoch Times Staff, updated Feb. 19, 2010-

SUWON, South Korea—Renowned Korean violinist Ji Dong-sam saw Shen Yun’s last show in Suwan on Feb. 18. “What I have learned became so insignificant after I saw Shen Yun’s show. Shen Yun’s orchestra makes the combination of musical instruments from the East and West sound so sacred and harmonious. I am speechless in all my admiration,” Ms. Ji said excitedly after the show.

At one time Ms. Ji held the first chair in the violin section in the most renowned orchestra in Korea. She has performed all over the world.

She especially loved the erhu performance. She was amazed by how harmonious the combination of Eastern and Western instruments sounded. “To make the combination sound three dimensional is very hard to do. Shen Yun did it perfectly.”

Ms. Ji enjoyed more than the music. She praised the costumes and wanted to know how Shen Yun made the handkerchiefs in the dance < Handkerchiefs>. She also commented on the backdrop, “It blends in with the people on stage naturally.”

Ms. Ji wanted to introduce Shen Yun to her friends so they get to see the shows next year. “This kind of cultural experience is rare and valuable.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

Renowned Calligraphist Says All Koreans Should Come to Watch Shen Yun


Epoch Times Staff,  Updated: Feb 19, 2010 -
SUWON, South Korea—This is the second year that Kim Sun Won, a renowned South Korean calligraphist, has come to watch Shen Yun Performing Arts. “The performance was so wonderful”, Mr. Kim said, “Shen Yun is really so magnificent. The costumes, flowers, backdrop and painting all make me feel so great.” Mr. Kim is an expert in identifying ancient culture and appears on a KBS television program on ancient treasures.

Mr. Kim not only continuously praised Shen Yun, but also said humorously, “Generally at shows, people will sell performance commemorative albums, right? I feel the costumes and colors of the female performers are so beautiful, selling them here should be able to make lots of money! The colors are so beautiful. It lets me appreciate again the beauty of Chinese silk. The Tibetan costume, worn by the female performers, is also so beautiful.”

Mr. Kim stressed, “People from all over the country should come to watch Shen Yun.”

When Mr. Kim first watched Shen Yun last year, he had thought a lot about the costumes—those worn by heavenly beauties. He believes such classical costumes to be a medium for Gods to communicate with humans.

Before Shen Yun’s arrival this year, Mr. Kim wrote an auspicious greeting to express his heartfelt joy for Shen Yun performing again in South Korea……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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


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)

Shen Yun Arrives at Seoul, South Korea for Asia Trip


By Wen Long, Epoch Times Staff, updated Feb. 17, 2010-

SEOUL, South Korea— In the first stop of its tour across Asia, the classical Chinese music and dance company, the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts, arrived at South Korea’s capital city of Seoul on Feb. 16.

Members of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company arrived at the Seoul Incheon International Airport at around 6 p.m. Their shining smiles and elegant demeanor, along with the flowers and applause they received, brightened up the entrance hall of this world-class international airport.

“We have brought with us brand new programs to South Korea. Our performances promotes true, authentic traditional Chinese culture. Since the Korean culture is connected to the Chinese culture, I think the Korean audience will appreciate our performances very much,” Ms. Tia Zhang, company manager of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company and choreographer, said when she was interviewed by the local media.

“We present to audience a purely upright, good (or benevolent, compassionate; original Chinese is Shan), and beautiful artistic entertainment, which can truly inspire the good (or benevolent) side of people. This good (or benevolent) nature is something people have in common. Therefore Eastern and Western audience alike are touched by Shen Yun,” she added.

Ms. Michelle Ren, choreographer and principal dancer of Shen Yun and winner of the first prize in New Tang Dynasty Television’s 2007 International Chinese Classical Dance Competition, talked about the rave reviews the company has received while touring the world, “We just completed 52 shows in North America and we have received overwhelming audience feedback in every city we visited. For example, the theater in Washington D.C is a top national theater. It does not accept shows with just average level performance and only accepts top, world-class performances. We had seven shows in February and August last year. We just had another seven shows recently and they were all ‘full house’ shows.”…… (the Epochtimes)

Video highlight (2): Shen Yun show 2010


Shen Yun, a show that has been called by professionals as “State of the arts”, “mind-blowing”, ”first class”, “the best”, “the top”,  “perfection”,  “out of the world” and “beyond all-beyond”, now is traveling in about 20 countries, 100 cities around the world.

Show schedules can be found from official website: http://shenyunperformingarts.org/

Shen Yun show featuring:
- strong expressive technique of classical Chinese dance
- stunning costumes
- 3D digital backdrops
- live orchestra

More Shen Yun videos

http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/multimedia/video

Related:
- Video highlight (1): Shen Yun show 2010
- Review (video): Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Chinese Dance and Music Show
- Collection of Shen Yun 2010 Show Promotion Videos (HD)

Video highlight (1): Shen Yun show 2010


Shen Yun, a classical Chinese dance and music show that has been called by professionals as “State of the arts”, “mind-blowing”, “first class”, “the best”, “the top”,  “perfection”,  “out of the world” and “beyond all-beyond”, now is traveling in about 20 countries, 100 cities around the world.

Shen Yun Show schedules can be found from official website: http://shenyunperformingarts.org/

 

Shen Yun show featuring:
- strong expressive technique of classical Chinese dance
- stunning costumes
- 3D digital backdrops
- live orchestra

More Shen Yun videos

http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/multimedia/video

Related:
- Video highlight (2): Shen Yun show 2010
- Collection of Shen Yun 2010 Show Promotion Videos (HD)
- Review (video): Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Chinese Dance and Music Show
- Shen Yun Review, by Senior Manager for the Grammy Awards, Feb 5, 2010

Schedule: Shen Yun World-wide Show in February, 2010- Asia & USA


In February, Shen Yun Performing Arts’ state-of-art classical Chinese dance and music show will be performed in cities in Asia and in USA. Here is a  schedule from the Shen Yun  Performing Arts’ website (http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/)

Dallas, TX, USA
Feb 5 – 6
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Feb 5 – 14
Worcester, MA, USA
Feb 6 – 7
Springfield, IL, USA
Feb 9
St. Louis, MO, USA
Feb 11 – 13
New York City, NY, USA
Feb 13 – 21
ChangWon, Korea
Feb 23
Daegu, Korea
Feb 25 – Mar 1
Rochester, NY, USA
Feb 27 – 28
Norfolk, VA, USA
Feb 27

Here’s a video highlighting  the show: