|Facts about the So-called "Divine Performing Arts The Spectacular 2009" by the "Falun Gong"|
Recently, there are often pamphlets and posters seen in apartment buildings, supermarkets and restaurants in Washington DC and places nearby that promote and praise the so-called "Divine Performing Arts The Spectacular 2009" to be staged at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC from February 26 to 30, 2009, in an attempt to round up more audience. The event will be cosponsored by the "Falun Dafa Association of Washington, DC", the "New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV)" and the "Divine Performing Arts". The performance may appear to be one intended to display Chinese culture, but the Chinese Embassy in the US hereby reminds those who are interested in the Chinese culture that the "performance" is not at all a cultural performance in the common sense. In order that you are not deceived, it is necessary to find out more about the "Spectacular" and the "Falun Dafa" before you decide to watch the show.
1. "Falun Gong" is an anti-society cult.
"Falun Gong", also known as "Falun Dafa", was founded by Li Hongzhi in China in the early 1990s. This organization preaches heretical fallacies that are anti-humanity and anti-science, and exercises extreme mental manipulation on followers. It is a cult that seriously harms the society and violates human rights, and a cancer in the body of the modern, civilized society. Li Hongzhi, the chief ring leader of "Falun Gong", claims that the mankind has been destroyed 81 times, and that he has delayed the explosion of the earth by 30 years. He claims that the mankind is corrupted, and the earth is the biggest dumping ground of the universe, and that by practicing "Falun Gong", the "true law" above all religion, one would never become sick or get in danger. He even claims that the Holocaust of Jewish people by Hitler was a result of the changes in celestial phenomena. According to incomplete statistics, over 1,000 cult practitioners died because they followed Li's teachings and refused to seek medical treatment for their illnesses. Several hundred practitioners committed self-mutilation or suicide. Over 30 innocent people were killed by mentally deranged practitioners of "Falun Gong". "Falun Gong" claim to advocate "truthfulness, benevolence and tolerance", but in fact, the cult tolerates no opposing views whatsoever. It has, time and again, organized practitioners to besiege ordinary Chinese citizens, media and government institutions who questioned its fallacies. To find out more about "Falun Gong" organization, please visit www.facts.org.cn.
2. "Falun Gong" is a political group that is extremely anti-China and attempts to undermine China-US relations.
To protect human rights and the interests of the public, the Chinese Government outlawed "Falun Gong" cult in accordance with law in 1999. But here in the United States, the cult appears as a "religious group" and continues to deceive the public and preach cult messages. In addition, it is also engaged in anti-China political activities aimed at undermining China-US relations. From fabricating stories to attack and vilify the Chinese Government and filing unwarranted lawsuits against Chinese Government institutions and officials to harassing the Chinese Embassy and Consulates in the US and engaging in anti-China propaganda aimed at undermining China's stability and overthrowing the Chinese Government, the cult group has been reduced into a downright anti-China political group. The cult and its anti-China activities have met with widespread opposition and condemnation from the Chinese community in the US.
3. The so-called "Spectacular" is a tool of cult and anti-China agitprop
The so-called "Falun Dafa Association of Washington, DC", the "New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV)" and the "Divine Performing Arts" are all controlled by "Falun Gong" cult. They have been staging the so-called "Spectacular" Performances in the US in recent years in the name of promoting Chinese culture and showcasing the oriental charm. But in fact, in addition to their tacky taste and low artistic standards, the performances were filled with cult messages and implied attacks against the Chinese Government. The program of the "Spectaculars" includes such songs as "Hesitate No Longer", "Spreading Sweet Dew" and "Rest in Knowing" which beautify the "Falun Gong" cult and encourage people to follow Li Hongzhi. It also includes such dancing performance as "Heaven Awaits Us Despite Persecution" and "Dignity and Compassion" that play up the rumor of "persecution of Falun Gong" by the Chinese Government. Li Hongzhi himself has claimed openly that it was he who instructed the various "Falun Gong" groups to organize the "Divine Spectaculars", and that the "Spectaculars" was aimed at "showcasing the practitioners, salvation and telling the truth" rather than "entertaining the ordinary people". He has claimed that in the course of performance, "the whole stage is filled with divine beings offering help." Clearly, the so-called "Divine Spectaculars" is not a cultural performance at all but a political tool of "Falun Gong" to preach cult messages, spread anti-China propaganda, increase its own influence and raise fund. It blasphemizes and distorts the Chinese culture, and deceives, fools and poisons the audience. This has in recent years prompted quite a number of US media to publish articles exposing what the so-called "Spectaculars" was really about. (e.g. A Glimpse of Chinese Culture That Some Find Hard to Watch by the New York Times on 6 February 2008 and Ties to Falun Gong Add Controversy to the Chinese New Year Spectacular by the Los Angeles Times on 7 January 2008) Some American audience who unwittingly watched the performance later realized that they have been misled and have posted comments on internet to belie the true character of the "Spectaculars".
The Chinese culture, with its long history and rich variety, has long been popular among the American public. When endorsing or appreciating events and performances in celebration of the Chinese culture, you are kindly reminded to stay away from the so-called "Divine Spectacular" by the "Falun Gong" organization so as not to be misled and taken advantaged of by the cult.