Shen Yun Gives Feelings of Hope, Happiness, and Joy

“I thought it was absolutely spectacular. I’m so appreciative that someone is preserving these dances and traditions and keeping them alive.”
 

“I was moved by it. It gave me a feeling of hope and happiness and joy, really.”
 

“I thought it was amazing, to see so many different parts of China represented, different times. … “Journey to the West” is an example. It’s an iconic Chinese story. It’s one of the pillars of Chinese culture, and I enjoy that. I enjoyed seeing the dance from the Yi, from southwest China, the people of Yi. I loved the drumming, the Mongolian drums. I thought that was really amazing.”
 

“[I] didn’t know about the persecution of Falun Gong, And I didn’t until a week ago, … and I researched it.”
 

“I think it’s horrible. I think it’s horrible that anyone could erase culture like that, or attempt to. And to persecute people for trying to bring good into the world by focusing on truth, compassion, and forbearance. I think it’s insane, and I plan to practice Falun Gong and see what else I can do to stop what’s happening.”

Laurie Thomas, retired, human resources director
EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond, United States
Shen Yun North America Company
January 31, 2017