DAEGU, South Korea—When Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company staged its 2014 premiere at the Suseong Artpia in Daegu, South Korea on Feb. 15, many local and native Chinese were attracted to see the performance.
Some Chinese people exclusively came all the way from Beijing, Liaoning, Shandong, and other provinces to Daegu to see Shen Yun. Many were also moved to tears. One said, “We hope that Shen Yun can return to China as soon as possible. After all, it’s our own culture and our roots.”
A Chinese government official surnamed Shao from Heilongjiang Province said: “We are a group of nine, consisting of officials and entrepreneurs. We are here to see Shen Yun. We found the information of Shen Yun Performing Arts on the Internet; we then asked our friends to book the tickets for us.”
Mr. Shao said that as Chinese, he was proud to see traditional Chinese culture being valued overseas.
“To be honest, as we are in favor of their own culture, we are truly moved from the bottom of our hearts when we saw the traditional Chinese culture performed on the stage,” he said. “We are very happy to learn that the traditional culture is so popular overseas. It’s our 5,000 years of traditional culture.”
“We have never seen such wonderful dynamic backdrops or the scenes of celestial world—though legend has it that there would be deities in heaven,” he added. “Through the presentation of all these scenes on the backdrops, we feel like the deities and fairies were just in front of us, and we seemed to have seen Buddha in person.”
Before leaving, Mr. Shao said: “All Chinese should be very proud to see a Shen Yun performance. But we really don’t know why the people under Chinese Communist Party’s rule are not allowed to see this show.”
Reporting by Bill Xu
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