Shen Yun Presents Humanity’s Treasure in U.S. Capital

February 24, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Li Jingfei

(Minghui.org) Shen Yun returned to the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. for the tenth year on February 16-21. The masterful dance and music production attracted theatergoers from a variety of fields and backgrounds, selling out all three weekend shows.

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Shen Yun Performing Arts presented seven shows at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. between February 16 and 21

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Curtain call at the matinee performance on Sunday, February 21

Cardinal: Shen Yun “Touches Something Beautifully Spiritual in All of Us”

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Cardinal Donald Weurl, the sixth Archbishop of Washington

“This show was dramatic, dynamic, energetic and very creative,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the sixth Archbishop of Washington.

“I think we share something very, very much in common,” he shared. “That is the understanding that there is a spark of the divine in each one of us.”

“It touches something beautifully spiritual in all of us,” Cardinal Weurl added.

Former Special Counsel: Shen Yun Portrays Universal Values

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Burton Wides, attorney and former special counsel for President Jimmy Carter

“It’s such a beautiful show…the diverse spiritual traditions and ethnic traditions still survive,” said Burton Wides, an attorney and former special counsel for President Jimmy Carter. This was the fifth time he had seen the show.

Mr. Wides noted that Shen Yun presented values that are universal among all of humanity. “I believe the best values of humanity are the same for good people everywhere in terms of kindness, compassion, and truth,” Mr. Wides said.

Retired Judge: Chinese Culture “Very Much Alive in This Show”

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Retired judge Marcus Williams

Retired judge Marcus Williams has a special interest in Chinese culture. To him, Shen Yun “[satisfied] that on many levels.”

“It’s quite a spectacle to say the least,” Mr. Williams said. “The Chinese tradition and culture is very deep and rich, and very much alive in this show.”

Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy: “Peace, Hope, Happiness”

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B.J. Penn (left), former assistant secretary of the Navy, and professor Sen Nieh

B.J. Penn, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy, was especially touched by the lyrics of songs performed by Shen Yun’s vocalists. To him, the lyrics provide “words for your heart” and “words to live by.”

Mr. Penn said the entire performance was very positive and “a good way for us to live our lives.” He was left with three words: “Peace, hope, happiness.”

“Granted there are mean people out there in the world, but we cannot let them get us down. We have to do the right things,” he shared.

Absolutely Special

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Nancy Steorts, former chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

“It was powerful. I was absolutely mesmerized,” said Nancy Steorts, a leading safety consultant and the former chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“It touched my heart and it touched my soul,” she said. “Everything about it was just absolutely special.”

Ms. Steorts explained, “The message that I got was that we all have a part that is divine, and that we are here for a purpose, but then we return to heaven. And I thought that was really really meaningful. The way it was portrayed was fabulous.”

A Divine Performance about Divinity and Our Nature that Lives Beyond

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Dave Wallace, Maryland’s Republican senatorial candidate

“Everything that this performance reflected is man’s beauty in the eyes of God,” said Dave Wallace, Maryland’s Republican senatorial candidate.

“This brings joy to your heart because you realize that God is in control,” Mr. Wallace said. To him, Shen Yun is “a divine performance about divinity and our nature that lives beyond.”

He shared his inspiration from the show,“As we go through life, we must always consider the fact that we must be instruments of good in this world.”

Liberation through the Spiritual Dimension

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John Convey, a professor at the Catholic University of America

“There was everything in there that I enjoy,” said John Convey, a professor at the Catholic University of America. He enjoyed both the spiritual and artistic aspects of the performance.

Mr. Convey shared his understanding, “Liberation through the spiritual dimension. The fact that we’re all connected together as people, but also connected to heaven. We come from heaven, and we go back to heaven.”

Shen Yun Welcomed by Elected Officials in D.C. and Maryland

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Shen Yun received welcome letters from:
(top row, left to right) Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. Representative for DC, John K. Delaney, U.S. Representative for Maryland, Donna F. Edwards, U.S. Representative for Maryland, Steny Hoyer, U.S. Representative for Maryland, Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Representative for Maryland, and Jud Ashman, Mayor of Gaithersburg, MD,
(middle row, left to right) David Fraser-Hidalgo, Maryland state delegate, Kathleen M Dumais, Maryland state delegate, Aruna Miller, Maryland state delegate, Brian J Feldman, Maryland state senator, Jill Carter, Maryland state delegate,
(bottom row, left to right) Isiah Leggett, executive of Montgomery County, Maryland, Beryl L Feinberg, member of Rockville City Council, Julie Palakovich Carr, member of Rockville City Council, Mark Pierzchala, member of Rockville City Council, Bridget Donnell Newton, mayor of Rockville, and Virginia D Onley, member of Rockville City Council.

Shen Yun will continue its tour of the United States with performances in Springfield, IL on February 24, Cincinnati, OH on February 27, and New York, NY on March 2-13. For more information on tickets and dates, please visit http://shenyun.com.

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Category: Shen Yun Performing Arts

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U.S. Department of State Official Expresses Concern Over the Persecution in China

September 29, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Atlanta

(Minghui.org) In a recent letter sent to U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, a U.S. Department of State official wrote that the department remains deeply concerned about the Chinese government’s treatment of Falun Gong practitioners.

Senator Isakson wrote to Department of State on August 24, about the safety of Atlanta resident Liu Yuelong’s sister, Ms. Liu Yueli. When Ms. Liu handed people Falun Gong materials near a subway station in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, police arrested her and kept her at the Guangzhou First Detention Center.

Ms. Liu’s family member were denied to visit her. They suspected she might face severe torture and brainwashing.

On the letter dated September 4, Julia Frifield, Assistant Secretary of Legal Affairs, wrote, “We raised the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners during this year’s high-level U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue which concluded earlier this month.”

According to the letter, since 1999 the Secretary of State has designated China as a “Country of Particular Concern” under the International Religious Freedom Act for particularly severe violation of religious freedom. “The government’s treatment of Falun Gong practitioners is extensively covered in the Sate Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report.”

“We will continue to raise our concerns over the general treatment of Falun Gong practitioners as well as individual cases of concern, and call on the Chinese government to respect the universal human rights of all individuals in China in accordance with China’s international human rights commitments,” Frifield wrote, “The United State strongly believes that the protection of human rights—including religious freedom—is critical to China’s prosperity, security, and stability.”

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Letter sent to U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson from Department of State regarding detained practitioner Ms. Liu Yueli

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Category: Voices of Support Worldwide

Seattle, USA: Xi Jinping’s Visit Met with Call to Prosecute Chief Culprit in Persecution of Falun Gong

September 25, 2015

(Minghui.org) As Chinese president Xi Jinping’s arrived in Seattle on September 22, 2015, Falun Gong practitioners held demonstrations urging him to stop the 16-year long persecution of their spiritual practice. They called on Xi to bring former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin to justice for initiating the brutal persecution.

Seattle was the first stop of Xi’s eight-day visit in America. Practitioners held up banners on the route from the airport to Xi’s hotel that read: “The world needs Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” “Bring the murderers to justice,” “Stop the persecution of Falun Gong,” “Stop the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners,” and “Sue Jiang Zemin.”

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Practitioners outside the Westin Hotel where Xi stayed


Xi’s motorcade passes by Falun Gong’s banners outside the Westin Hotel

The coordinator of the Falun Dafa Association of the Northwest U.S.A., Chen Zhiping, said that the purpose of the group’s demonstration was simply to let Xi know that the persecution of Falun Gong is completely illegal and should be stopped, and the chief perpetrator Jiang Zemin should be brought to justice. “That is our mission,” she said.

Ms. Chen said that Falun Gong is a spiritual cultivation group with no interest in politics. “All we ask is an environment where we can freely practice. But the persecution in China is still going on.”

She added that Xi’s administration ended the labor camp system in China, and arrested some officials who were involved in the persecution, but that is not enough.

“We will not give up until Jiang Zemin is held accountable,” said Ms. Chen.“More than 170,000 practitioners from all over the world have filed criminal complaints against Jiang since May, and the number is still growing.”

The Falun Gong demonstrations received support from Seattle residents, some of whom had never heard about the persecution.

Greg Shtraks, a driver in Xi’s motorcade, said that Falun Gong brings hope to the world and that he was happy to see the Falun Gong group outside Xi’s hotel. He said that the Falun Gong group is getting larger and more popular every year. To him, the greatness of America lies in the fact that everyone can enjoy freedom, and he hopes that the Chinese people will have the same right, and that Falun Gong will be freely practiced in China soon.

Several mainstream media reported on the Falun Gong group’s demonstrations during Xi’s visit in Seattle, including the Associated Press, Reuters, International Business Times, and the local newspaper The Stranger.

Sydney Brownstone from The Stranger interviewed several practitioners, who shared their reasons for joining the protest.

Tang Lijuan from San Francisco, a former philosophy professor in China, told Brownstone that her son was tortured to death for his belief in Falun Gong. “Police arrested my son and put him in jail, where they beat him with electric batons and force-fed him. He died soon. I was jailed twice also,” Ms. Tang said.


Tang Lijuan: “The persecution was launched and directed by Jiang Zemin. He must be held accountable.”

Wang Shengjie from Los Angeles had the same wish. His father was put in jail five times. “We can freely practice in America,” Wang said, “but the persecution is still going on in China.”

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Wang Shenjie urges Xi Jinping to stop the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.

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Category: Rallies & Protests