Professor of Philosophy: In Shen Yun ‘Tradition and creativity coexist’

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 21, 2013 Last Updated: February 23, 2013
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Professor Feng Chao-Lin enjoys Shen Yun Performing Arts in Taipei. (Chen Bo-Chou/The Epoch Times)

Professor Feng Chao-Lin enjoys Shen Yun Performing Arts in Taipei. (Chen Bo-Chou/The Epoch Times)

TAIPEI, Taiwan—The second performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts in Taipei ended on Feb. 21, 2013. It ended with loud applause after the curtain went down. Professor Feng Chao-Lin who teaches educational philosophy and aesthetics in National Chengchi University said that Shen Yun successfully moved and inspired the audience.

He also said it raised the issue of suppression and injustice in society. Therefore, it is an art that warrants respect and recommendation.

“The story that inspired me the most is An Unexpected Encounter,” said Feng. The story is about a father and daughter from the West who meet Falun Gong practitioners in Tiananmen Square during a tour of China. They take a picture with the practitioners and are arrested and imprisoned as a result. In the prison, they learn the facts of the persecution of Falun Gong and have a miraculous encounter with Falun Dafa.

“In the story, the father was not a practitioner but he disapproved of the violence when he saw the suppression and injustice against the practitioners. Education of aesthetics comprises two aspects. The sensual aspect touches that people’s hearts and the intellectual aspect inspires people to think and reflect in a deeper level.

“Seeing the injustice and paying attention to this public issue is what this performance brings us to. Such kind of art is worth praising and recommending,” Feng said.

“Through the programs, I was able to specifically experience the unique beauty and style of the culture of each dynasty in the Chinese history. Different ethnicities have their characteristic beauty and culture and as time goes by, all of these ethnic characters merged into a complex culture that allows people to slowly savor its richness.”

“The masters of ceremonies said that the program changes every year. Indeed, if Shen Yun drew ideas from Chinese tradition, it can always stay creative and never run out of ideas. Tradition and creativity coexist. One takes ideas from tradition, and, through constant creativity, endows new life to the tradition,” Feng added.

Read the original Chinese article.

Reporting by Tsen-Hsin Wu and Hsin-Yi Lin.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

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