Shen Yun Presents ‘Uncensored’ Chinese Culture, Says Former Ambassador Morse Tan

February 22, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Former Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Morse Tan found Shen Yun Performing Arts presents the “uncensored” Chinese culture not restricted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

He shared his view that communism denies the “fundamental reality” that there is a Creator, a common belief shared by people worldwide.

“I think it’s very good to acknowledge that there is a Creator. And I think that is something that has been recognized by people all over the world. But I think atheistic communism denies that fundamental reality,” he said.

In the last 70 years, China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired cultural heritage have been decimated systematically in order to rewrite history.

Now dean of Liberty University School of Law, Mr. Tan praised Shen Yun as a “beautiful, elaborate, and intricate” performance after seeing it at The Kennedy Center Opera House on the evening of Feb. 19.

The former state ambassador noted Shen Yun’s emphasis on virtues such as compassion, forbearance, and courage. In addition, “recovering the truth of a Creator of all people is something that’s very valuable,” he said.

Indeed, the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts emphasizes art with an inner difference.

Classical Chinese philosophy and history is an area of interest for Mr. Tan, and he has written a law review article comparing classical Greek and Chinese philosophers. At Shen Yun Chinese myths and legends are told through the medium of classical Chinese dance, an ancient art form with its flips and gentle elegance.

“China has a long history of acrobatics and dance, and I think this [Shen Yun] was a sampling of that,” he said.

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The audience at Shen Yun at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington D.C. on the evening of Feb. 19, 2022. (Lisa Fan/The Epoch Times)

Mr. Tan said the mini-drama piece, in Shen Yun’s program, was the most striking for him as it was about forced organ harvesting in China. He added that he had researched the subject, “Sadly, this is happening in present-day China. And this is murder. This [organ harvesting] is a horrible tragedy that need not happen. And so this is something that is a crime that should be denounced and should be spoken up against.”

He described Shen Yun as “an expression of freedom as well as the celebration of classical Chinese culture.”

Reporting by Jenny Jing and Terri Wu.

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