Chinese New Year Show (Shen Yun) Is Surprise Falun Gong Agitprop
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Since: Aug 11
#1 Sep 27, 2012
Maybe you've received a flier to see a show at Radio City Music Hall called Chinese New Year Splendor, which is promoted as a holiday celebration of Chinas diverse cultural riches. But mixed within the traditional Mongolian dancing, orchestral music and Buddhist parables are dramatizations of the Chinese governments oppression of Falun Gong, a qigong-based spiritual practice that is banned in China. And the shows political content is prompting audiences to walk out by the hundreds.
The production, which costs between $58 to $280 per ticket, features a ballet in which three women are imprisoned by police, who kill one of them. Another number depicts Communist police officers bullying a mother and daughter carrying a banner with the Falun Gong message of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.
At the shows opening night, the Times spoke with several audience members who stormed out, claiming they felt deceived:I dont particularly like being accosted on the street by Falun Gong, and I dont like it happening to me here, said one. Another said his wife objected to the Falun Gong material; as for their three children,It went right over their heads. A Chinese immigrant visiting from Dallas walked out because she didnt like the torture stuff so much.
The Chinese government, which does like the torture stuff, just not when its publicized, is predictably infuriated by the show, calling it a sheer political tool used to spread cult and anti-China propaganda. Falun Gong has gained a higher profile in recent years through dramatic public demonstrations calling attention to Chinas brutal crackdown. Professor Maria Hsia Chang at the University of Nevada tells the Times she thinks the Radio City event is kind of a P.R. front to try to normalize Falun Gongs image, so that people dont think of it as some kind of a wacko cult. And they do this every year!
In 1999 the groups founder, Li Hongzhi, told a Time magazine reporter that space aliens were corrupting mankind by teaching modern science. So it's pretty obvious what Chinese New Year Splendor really needs to keep the butts in seats: the invincible star power of Tom Cruise in the cast.
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