Chinese Student: Shen Yun Portrays Traditional Chinese Culture

February 2, 2014 Updated: February 7, 2014

TOKYO—After the fifth Shen Yun performance, on Feb. 1 in Tokyo’s New National Theatre, Li, a student from China, said that “Shen Yun vividly demonstrated 5000 years of traditional Chinese culture during the performance.”

Li explained, “Watching Shen Yun, we see many myths, folktales, and legends which cannot be seen in China. I belong to the ‘post-90s’ generation and came to Japan less than six months ago.

Back in China, we usually spend the New Year’s Eve watching CCTV’s New Year’s Gala which is a melodramatic and unrealistic performance. On the other hand, I feel the authenticity of traditional culture while I was watching Shen Yun.”

Established in 2006 by a group of overseas artists, Shen Yun has set out on a mission to revive 5,000 years of civilization, in particular the spirituality that was part of China’s divinely inspired culture.

I think—it’s just something that cannot be interpreted by modern science,” he said.

Li also felt that the respect and worship of deities permeate the traditional Chinese culture. He said, “I’ve enjoyed these mythical stories ever since I was a kid. But we can’t see these on CCTV.”

Li considers it meaningful that Shen Yun is now flourishing the authentic Chinese ancient culture overseas. Perhaps the many Chinese attracted to see Shen Yun explains it all.

Reporting by Niu Bin and Lauren Lane

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