Recent Falun Gong Events — “My Heart Melted in the Artworks”

October 08, 2016

(Minghui.org) Practitioners of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) around the world have held public events for more than a decade to raise awareness and call for help in ending the persecution of the practice in China.

This newsletter covers four events that took place in England, the U.S.A., Canada, and Croatia during the past two weeks.

Rally and March in London Call for Ending the Persecution

Practitioners in London held a march and rally in the downtown area on October 1, 2016, to expose the facts of the persecution, especially the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living practitioners in China. They also called upon the Chinese government to investigate the former communist head, Jiang Zemin, for his crimes in the persecution. Many people signed the petition during the event to support Falun Gong’s peaceful resistance.

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Rally in front of the Chinese embassy.

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March in downtown and Chinatown.

The rally was held in front of the Chinese embassy in the morning. Several practitioners told the public about their own experiences of being tortured in China.

The march kicked off at noon, after the rally, and proceeded along Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Chinatown, ending at Trafalgar Square, where practitioners held a 5-hour long exercise demonstration and signature collection activity.

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Demonstrating exercises and collecting signatures at Trafalgar Square.

Signature Campaign in Downtown San Francisco

Practitioners from San Francisco, U.S.A., held a similar event on October 1, 2016. They also focused on exposing the forced organ harvesting in China.

After the a group exercise demonstration at Union Square in the morning, several hundred practitioners went numerous tourists spots, where they talked to people, passed out materials, and collected signatures.

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Small-scale march and signature collection in Golden Gate Park.

Thomas Recuiter and his wife were terrified upon hearing about the brutal forced organ harvesting atrocity. They could not believe that such crimes were happening in the 21st century. Tom video filmed their conversation with practitioners, and broadcast it live on his Facebook account.

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Thomas Recuiter and his wife thanked the practitioners for telling the public about the persecution.

Tom said, “This is anti-humanity. It is like a horror movie,” He said he hoped that his friends, a thousand of them, would watch the video clip on Facebook.

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Pete (second from right) and his friends from Europe strongly condemned the organ harvesting.

Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition on Canadian College Campus

The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren International Exhibition was held on the campus of the University of Fraser Valley in British Columbia, one of the largest public universities in Canada with 15 thousand students, on September 25th through October 1st. All of the artworks were created by Falun Gong practitioners.

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Exhibition hall

The artworks deeply touched the students and faculty and were highly praised by local artists. A few art professors took their entire classes to the exhibition.

What touched many viewers the most was the peaceful yet powerful spirit of Falun Gong practitioners manifested in the artworks, and the contrast of compassion and forbearance against the violence of the persecution.

Pouis Cloute said she felt sad that such evilness still existed in the world, but happy at the same time because she saw the uplifting of humanity too.

One of the guests said that he learned a lot from the artworks and hoped that more people can see them. “My heart just melted in the artworks,” he said.

Signature Campaign in Croatia

Practitioners from Croatia held a signature campaign in downtown Rijeka, the third largest city in the nation, on September 29, 2016, calling for help in stopping the forced organ harvesting in China. The local residents strongly supported the peaceful resistance. People said they were touched by practitioners’ efforts. A few visitors, after signing the petition, helped practitioners pass out flyers and talk to passersby.

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Signing the petition to condemn the persecution.

One gentleman said to practitioners, “I can sense the strong positive energy around you. I feel good, and want to stay with you.” He did stay for a long time, learning more about Falun Gong and the persecution.

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Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Plays to Full House at First Stop in Taiwan

September 22, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Tang En

(Minghui.org) After debuting in Japan, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra headed to Taiwan and kicked off a 12-city, 2-week tour in Taoyuan at the Zhongli Arts Hall on September 17, 2016.

The orchestra played to a full house despite the tropical storm brought by typhoon Malakas. The concert concluded with thunderous applause and a lengthy standing ovation, with the performers taking nine bows during a curtain call.

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Vocal performance by tenor Tian Ge (left), with conductor Milen Nachev (right)

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Soprano Geng Haolan performs a solo

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Trio of erhu soloists Qi Xiaochun (right), Sun Lu (middle), and Wang Zhen (left)

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Violinist Fiona Zheng plays a solo

Warm Welcome from 24 Taiwanese Elected Officials

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The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra received recognition and welcome letters from 24 elected officials in Taiwan

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Calligraphy banners from various city mayors. The mayor of Taipei, Ko Wen-je (upper left), provided a banner that reads “An Artistic Feast”; the mayor of Taoyuan, Cheng Wen-tsan (upper right), “Music from the Heavens”; the mayor of Taichung, Lin Chia-lung (lower left), “A Great Success”; and the mayor of Tainan, Lai Ching-te (lower right), “Expression of Beautiful Sounds.”

Mayor of Taoyuan: “A Great Musical Feast”

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Cheng Wen-tsan, Mayor of Taoyuan City, at the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra concert at Zhongli Arts Hall on September 17

“It’s a great musical feast,” said Cheng Wen-tsan, Mayor of Taoyuan City, after attending the concert at the Zhongli Arts Hall on September 17.

“Every piece is very good, ” Mayor Cheng said. He also noted that the Chinese and Western instruments were “combined very well.”

Conductor: “Combination of Creativity and Tradition”

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Mao Pei-rong, conductor of the Taoyuan Yueh-Yo Chinese Chamber Orchestra

“The music is touching to people because the melodies have a strong affinity, and people are moved because of it,” said Ms. Mao Pei-rong, conductor for the Taoyuan Yueh-Yo Chinese Chamber Orchestra.

From the perspective of a professional musician, Ms. Mao shared, “[The orchestra] has made a stride forward with this combination of creativity and tradition.”

“The music conveys to us how the universe is part of our everyday life,” she said. “And your soul follows it and the melodies stay in your mind, making you feel very comfortable.”

Ms. Mao also expressed her wish to see the symphony orchestra put on more performances in Taiwan, for it would “purify people’s hearts” and “make changes in society.”

This is the Remedy for the 21st Century

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Chuang Hsiu-mei, Director General of the Department of Cultural Affairs in Taoyuan

“The music of Shen Yun has very deep philosophical meanings. This kind of music can be felt directly by the heart. It can touch and target one’s heart without much explanation,” said Chuang Hsiu-mei, the Director General of the Department of Cultural Affairs in Taoyuan.

“This is the remedy for the 21st century,” she said of the traditional values that Shen Yun presents, such as being in harmony with nature.

It Has Opened Up My Entire Body and Soul

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Li Shih-ying, President of Science City Community University in Hsinchu

“I could feel the grand atmosphere and the beauty of blending Chinese and Western instruments,” said Li Shih-ying, President of the Science City Community University in Hsinchu.

“When I closed my eyes to enjoy it, it really felt like heaven,” Ms. Li shared her feelings. “I could say that it has opened up my entire body and soul.”

The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will continue their Taiwan tour with performances in Keelung on September 21, Yilan on September 22, Tainan on September 24, and Yunlin on September 26. For more information on tickets and dates, please visit ShenYun.com/symphony.

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Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Debuts 2016 Asia Tour in Tokyo, Japan

September 18, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Zheng Yuyan

(Minghui.org) The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra began its 2016 concert tour by presenting its unique blend of East and West to a full-house audience in Tokyo Japan, on the afternoon of September 15.

As part of the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra has toured North America each autumn since 2012. This year it will perform in 13 cities in Japan and Taiwan in addition to the North American stops on the tour.

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The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra debuts its Asia Tour at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall with a matinee performance on September 15, 2016.

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Violinist Fiona Zheng performs a solo piece.

Radio Station Host: “Extraordinarily Touched”

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Radio station host Miyosa Takahashi.

Radio station host Ms. Miyosa Takahashi said, “I felt extraordinarily touched… from the top of my head all the way to my toes.”

“I felt uplifted and embraced by a powerful energy,” Ms. Takahashi said. She said the music was “combined perfectly” and “really wonderful.”

She also commented on the dedication of the performers, “They were so immersed in their performance that they seemed to become part of the musical instruments.”

Stage Producer: “Grand” and “Unique”

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Stage producer Hatsune Miku

Stage producer Hatsune Miku commented, “Very unique… It is hard to find music this good.”

“Very grand and refreshing,” Ms. Miku said. “The entire music seemed to be looking down from above. It is at a high level and flying in the sky.”

She also shared her inspiration, “Classical music and traditional culture must be preserved. It is our responsibility to save something this excellent for future generations.”

“Refreshing” and “Exquisite”

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Takao Toda, director general of Human Development Department at the International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA)

Dr. Takao Toda, director general of the Human Development Department of the International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA) said of the performance, “The grace of the East was accentuated by the magnificent power of the Western instruments. It is indeed simply exquisite.”

“Never did I imagine that such distinct Eastern and Western melodies could be performed by the same musicians,” Dr. Toda said of Shen Yun’s combination of East and West. “I am truly amazed at their high level of professionalism.”

“It was truly a refreshing experience!” he stressed.

“Magnificent” and “Powerful”

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Isao Yoshikawa, an author and the founder of the Japan Garden Research Association.

Mr. Isao Yoshikawa, the founder of the Japan Garden Research Association, remarked, “The blend of Chinese and Western instruments was very magnificent and powerful.”

He especially enjoyed the piece performed on the erhu instrument, which he thought was “clear,” “powerful,” and “beautiful.”

“It is hard for the Japanese to have the chance to enjoy music like this. Therefore, I would definitely recommend it to my friends,” Mr. Yoshikawa said.

The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will next be performing 16 concerts in 12 cities in Taiwan on September 17 through October 3.

Website: ShenYun.com/symphony

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