STOCKHOLM, Sweden—Mikael and Eva Karlström lived and worked in South East Asia for several years. Mr. Karlström, who runs his own consulting business, worked for the Swedish industry and his wife, Eva, started working locally with health care. A couple of weeks ago they found a supplement in their morning paper about Shen Yun Performing Arts. They think the company paints a lovely picture of Chinese culture.
“It's a lovely show! It reflects Chinese hope, I think,” Mr. Karlström said.
Eva Karlström has a great interest in Asia and Asian culture. She found the Shen Yun show amazing.
“It's really great that they try to preserve the old Chinese traditions in art and music, and bring it to an international audience like this,” she said.
Mikael Karlström was moved by the scene about a teacher in China today. She teaches her students to write, but also how to be a good person. One day she is taken away by police because she wrote the [Chinese] characters 'truth,' 'benevolence' and 'forbearance' on the blackboard.
“The lack of freedom in China, the scene with the teacher and the characters, that's a reality. It's going to be very interesting to see how this situation will resolve,” he said, and added that he feels anger about the current situation in China.
His wife agrees.
“It reflects the true situation in China. I've spent a lot of time there and I can definitely testify that this is how it is. They [the Chinese regime] don't want to present this image, so it's extremely important that this story is told,” Ms. Karlström said. Her husband added that he felt it was also important that this story was told by the Chinese themselves, which is the case with Shen Yun.
Reporting by Yvonne Kleberg and Susanne Willgren.
Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform at the Cirkus Stockholm until April 27. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org