HOUSTON—International business executive Mr. Jack travels the world, often to China, and is well aware that the values and beliefs of the traditional Chinese culture are suppressed by the Chinese regime today. Born in the 1960’s, Mr. Jack said he had lived through some of the Cultural Revolution in China and felt deeply for the Chinese people who had lost their culture.
“Art, music, culture, bridge other differences and help people with diverse backgrounds find common ground and love of similar things and hopefully more of that comes to China,” Mr. Jack said. “I think it’s becoming harder and harder to suppress.”
Based in New York, artists came from around the world to establish Shen Yun eight years ago.
Mr. Jack said that he saw many similarities in the culture and his own. “The love of beauty, the vibrant color and dress and being able to appreciate one’s history,” he said. “These are all important values.”
Mr. Jack said he felt Shen Yun was important for people all over the world.
“I think it’s important because I think the rest of the world and well as for Chinese people who are living over here, to be able to see the real China and the real Chinese culture,” Mr. Jack said.
The stories and dances Shen Yun told ranged from the inception of Chinese civilization to scenes from modern day China.
In particular, seeing the traditional cultural values revived in China today in a dance called “A Steadfast Lotus,” Mr. Jack was moved.
“It is a very powerful scene,” Mr. Jack said.
As the world becomes more and more connected, Mr. Jack said, the arts and culture will become harder to suppress anywhere in the world.
“The world is becoming a smaller place. People are very creative. They find ways to communicate to get information out,” Mr. Jack said.
Reporting by Sally Sun and Catherine Yang
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