Kaohsiung, Taiwan: Falun Dafa Welcomed at Major Festival

November 22, 2016 | By Minghui correspondents Sun Bai and Su Rong

(Minghui.org) The Tian Guo Marching Band, which is made up of Falun Gong practitioners, was chosen to the lead the grand parade at an annual cultural festival held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, November 19 and 20.

In conjunction with the Matsu Festival in Gangshan, the event also celebrated the screw production in this region—about one-sixth of the industry’s total production globally. Nearly 100 groups and 10,000 spectators participated in the festivities.


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Across Taiwan Strait, Different Attitude Towards Peaceful Meditation

November 01, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Li Huirong

(Minghui.org) Fun Guandu Festival, one of the biggest events in Taipei, Taiwan, took place in Guandu Nature Park on October 29, 2016. Falun Dafa practitioners participated with a waist drum team, heavenly girls, and other performances which drew applause from spectators.

But across the Taiwan Strait, practitioners in Fujian Province and the rest of China have been facing severe suppression for practicing the same meditation.

Local Official in Taiwan: Falun Dafa is Highlight of the Parade

Over 3,000 people participated in the parade. Among them the Falun Dafa practitioners received much applause from the onlookers. One of them said, “This is spectacular!” Another remarked, “Falun Dafa is great!”

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Falun Dafa practitioners attended in Fun Guandu Festival in Taipei on October 29, 2016.

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Heavenly girls group and waist drum team.

Kuo Cingtran, head of Fudeli Village of Guandu, was excited to see the Falun Dafa practitioners, “They [practitioners] are always here helping us get healthier and happier. Their performance today is especially wonderful.” He said that Falun Dafa was a highlight of the event.

Fujian Officials: Force-feed Practitioners with Trash

Ruan Aiyin, 54, a woman who lives in the countryside of Ningde City, Fujian City, began practicing Falun Dafa in 1998, and her illnesses disappeared soon after. She has been arrested and detained four times for her belief.

At the Fujian Women’s Labor Camp, officials forcibly performed surgery on her despite her good health. At the Ningde Detention Center, guards ordered inmates to drag her through a pile of trash and force-fed her with rotten garbage and plastic.

After filing a criminal complaint against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin for persecuting Falun Dafa, Ms. Ruan was arrested by officials on September 1 and sent to a mental hospital on September 30 for further persecution.

Ms. Ruan’s experience is only one example of Falun Dafa practitioners being persecuted for their belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. According to reports received by the Minghui website, at least 839 incidents have occurred in which practitioners were targeted for their faith in September 2016 alone.

Related article in Chinese:
http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2015/11/21/319421.html

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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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