Chinese-Canadian Professor Finds Roots in Shen Yun

January 15, 2014 4:19 am Last Updated: January 16, 2014 10:43 am

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, Canada—For Professor Emeritus Seimer Tsang, the experience of seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at Centre in the Square on Tuesday night gave him the opportunity to reconnect with his Chinese heritage.

“It’s fantastic,” said Mr. Tsang, who had the chance to see the production for the first time after hearing about it for several years.

New York-based Shen Yun was established in 2006 by a group of leading overseas Chinese artists with the mission of reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture.

Mr. Tsang was particularly impressed by Shen Yun’s works of classical Chinese dance, one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world and one of the main ways in which Chinese culture was passed down throughout the ages.

“Very good dancers, both male and female. Very well done, very well choreographed. I really enjoyed it,” he said.

He particularly noted Shen Yun’s dancers’ coordination. “Very well-trained in my opinion,” he said.

A Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at Lakehead University, Mr. Tsang immigrated to Canada in 1960, shortly before the start of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), which destroyed many of China’s cultural treasures and traditional values that Shen Yun is now reviving on stage.

In 1977, he went on to teach in Lakehead University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, where has also served as department chair for over 12 years.

Involved in several university committees, as well as professional and community organizations, Mr. Tsang was also the chair of the Lakehead Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario.

In watching Shen Yun, Mr. Tsang was happy that non-Chinese had the chance to better understand this ancient culture, and also better understand their fellow Chinese Canadians.

He added the performance was good for children, and that he would bring his own grandchildren.

With reporting by Lisa Ou and Madalina Hubert

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s World Company will perform one more show in Kitchener-Waterloo Wednesday before continuing on to Mississauga. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.