DAEGU, South Korea—On the afternoon of April 7, Mr. Park Jang-Woon, CEO of aircraft parts manufacturing company Jang-an Ind, and his wife, watched the final Shen Yun performance in Daegu, South Korea. “It made my heart throb,” said Mr. Park after the show. “I fell in love with Chinese culture through the performance.”
This is the second year Mr. and Mrs. Park watched Shen Yun together. Mr. Park thought the programs were excellent. He watched the performance very closely, down to the movements of each individual artist. “I didn’t know that there were Westerners among the dancing artists. It is very international indeed,” he said.
He particularly enjoyed the solo vocalist singing “Do Not Lose Your Way.” He praised the singing as “terrific!” He said he understood the meaning of the song and even recited an ancient Chinese poem in Korean.
Shen Yun presents a totally different program each year. The ideas come from the 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Mr. Park loved all of it, he said. “Shen Yun presents features of different regions in China, which brings joy to my heart. The stories and the choreography made the performance full of fun and wit. I have fallen in love with Chinese culture through this performance.”
Mrs. Park agreed with her husband. “Indeed the culture is magnificent and the traditional classical dances are enchanting and mesmerizing. The colors of the costumes are gorgeous. They are very eye-catching without being too flamboyant. They gently stroke my heart with elegance.”
She also mentioned that her daughter was a ballerina and strongly recommended Shen Yun to them. They caught the last performance in Daegu and she believed that it was totally worth it.
After attending the Shen Yun performance that day, Mr. Yu Zaixi (translation name), president of the Korea-China Cultural Association, expressed that Shen Yun was really magnificent, and it would enable people to further understand Chinese culture.
He said: “I started to have something to do with China about 20 years ago, as I have been the president of the Korea-China Cultural Association for 20 years. I have been to many places in China, such as Sichuan, Liaoning, Jilin, and other provinces in Northeast China, but the performance today is the best. I believe that people all over the world would have the same sentiment after seeing the show.”
He added: “The choreographer and all the performers are really outstanding. Many of the programs can help audience members gain more insight into China, and that is great. In addition, there are also some programs relating to gods and Buddha.
“The last piece Divine Mercy made me feel heartbroken. This kind of thing [persecution of Falun Gong] should not exist. The entire world should be sorry about this matter. The persecution of Falun Gong should never happen again.”
Deeply impressed with Shen Yun’s interpretation of the divinely inspired Chinese culture, Mr. Yu said: “I was touched by it [connotation of the divinely inspired Chinese culture] in the opening program. From the perspective of the Buddhist culture, Buddha is ubiquitous. Shen Yun seems to have performed the entire [Chinese] history on the stage, from the era of Yao and Shun to the Spring and Autumn Period, Han Dynasty, Sui Dynasty, the Tang Dynasty, and then to the Yuan Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty.”
Reporting by Lee Jin and Hsin-Yi Lin, Kim Kyung-Aha and Bill Xu
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.