"I hope that my experience help
transform those obsessed Falun Gong followers," said
Teng Chunyan on November 20 surrounded by media at a
Beijing-based re-education center.
With her short hair neatly combed and eyebrows
noticeably trimmed, the confident 38-year-old woman looked
at least ten years younger than her age.
"The reeducation center is more comfortable than
my home and I am gaining weight here," said Teng,
The beaming Teng,
who has received systematic training in Chinese herbal
medicine, cannot be compared with the Falun Gong devotee she
Teng came to China from
the U.S. many times between February and May of last year to
collect information on the Chinese Government's handling of
Falun Gong issues for Beijing branches of foreign news
agencies and introduced Falun Gong followers to foreign
Teng was born in Harbin,
capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province and went
to the United States in 1990.
was detained by police when she tried to enter China via the
Luohu Port in Shenzhen in May 2000 and was sentenced to a
3-year term of imprisonment according to Chinese law.
Her belief in the Falun Gong cult began to
waver after she was sent to a Beijing-based re-education
center in June 2000.
former devotion to Falun Gong, Teng said that persuasion
from family members and friends could not lessen her blind
enthusiasm for the cult.
completely rejected contacts with the outside world and only
believed in the Falun Gong cult and its propaganda which is
flooded on the cult web site," Teng said.
Teng started to doubt the credibility and
motives of the cult web site when she found that her
re-education center roommate Yao Jie, who was reported dead
by the web site because of her conversion, was actually
living a normal life.
"What helped to change your belief in
Falun Gong?" asked a reporter.
"Truth can never be concealed for long. I saw
with my own eyes police patiently helping educate Falun Gong
followers and trying their best to save lives of believers
who tried to commit suicide," said Teng.
Teng has also talked with many former
Falun Gong followers and was deeply impressed with their
experiences made me reconsider the so-called facts published
by the cult and I completely changed my mind," said
When asked about her
conversion process, Teng said: "true belief conversion
can never be forced."
am pleased to shake off the spiritual shackle of the Falun
Gong cult and return to a normal life."
Teng Chunyan is now an active member of
the re-education center dancing troupe and is busy preparing
for an upcoming art performance organized by the
"I have never been
abused since my detention and have not seen any sign of
beating or admonishment here. Police in the center are
very polite and kind," said Teng.
Jin Hua, vice director of the re-education
center, said that police in the center are required to treat
every Falun Gong follower in the center equally, and
discrimination is absolutely forbidden.
Jin said: "We encourages Falun Gong followers to
communicate with their family members. "They can write
to or call their family members as well as meet with
relatives once a month."
75-year-old father of Teng Chunyan came from Heilongjiang
Province last week to visit her and was relieved to see his
daughter regaining energy and vigor.
"I am happy now," Teng said.
"Justice will finally defeat evil."