TAIPEI, Taiwan—Company chairwoman Hsu Hui-chen and her mother watched Shen Yun Performing Arts for the first time at the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall on March 29.
“[Shen Yun] reminds us of many things people in the modern day have forgotten,” said Ms. Hsu. “Nowadays, people are too confident in themselves, and they dismiss certain traditional things as unimportant.”
Based in New York, Shen Yun was founded in 2006 and is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Now with eight equally sized companies touring the world simultaneously, Shen Yun’s mission is to revive traditional Chinese culture.
The traditional Chinese spirit and qualities deeply touched Ms. Hsu, who believed that “we should return to having basic relationships with one another and return to having a relationship with the divine. We should do as the divine wishes.”
“We need to understand how the world can function better, as that is what the divine wishes.”
She said that this has to do with “whether or not people have an amicable relationship with each other” and that in order to attain that relationship, people must follow the principles of truthfulness, compassion, beauty, and tolerance.
Ms. Hsu explained that tolerance is not merely about tolerating. “There are many ways to define tolerance. I think tolerance means being cooperative and unselfish; it’s a type of self-control. If everyone has self-constraint, then our relationships will be good.”
Ms. Hsu also felt that Shen Yun’s message was clear.
“I clearly understood what the performance wanted to tell me … which was to live and experience life with my heart,” she said.
“We must be conscientious, return to our true selves, and be people with consciences,” Ms. Hsu said.
“We must interact directly with one another, not through digital devices … Nowadays, people have trouble communicating even through language.
“When people visit a place, they are so caught up on taking photos and videos that they forget to just feel. Modern technology has smothered people,” she said.
“The beauty the divine has arranged for us is to return to the fundamentals of what it means to be human.”
Reporting by Huang Caiwen and Wandi Zhu.
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