Virginia and Maryland Political Leaders Congratulate Shen Yun’s Return to Kennedy Center

By Gary Feuerberg
Gary Feuerberg
Gary Feuerberg
January 30, 2013 Updated: January 30, 2013
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Maryland Senate Resolution wishing congratulations to Shen Yun Performing Arts for its performance at the Kennedy Center Opera House. The resolution was presented on Jan. 29. (Bob Garagiola)

As Shen Yun Performing Arts returns for the seventh time to the nation’s capital, the area’s most admired and influential leaders took note and paid homage to its purpose of reviving Chinese traditional culture.

Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell wrote that Virginia was “blessed to have a large and vibrant Asian American community,” and that “Virginians are proud to recognize the traditions that promote an appreciation of other cultures.”

He thanked the Shen Yun World Tour “for its dedication to continuing the traditions that honor 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.”

Virginian Senator Timothy M. Kaine said that the Shen Yun performances provide an opportunity “to gain a profounder appreciation for traditional Chinese music, dance, and culture.” Sen. Kaine thanked the Falun Dafa Association of Washington DC for sponsoring the performances.

Virginia’s other U.S. senator, Mark Warner, was also gracious in his welcoming the members of the Shen Yun Performing Arts. He said the nearly 100 world-class artists make possible “a wonderful opportunity to celebrate [Chinese] culture.” He said that the Commonwealth of Virginia was fortunate in having “a strong and vibrant Chinese community.”

Maryland Senator Benjamin Cardin and Congressman Andy Harris, MD. signed certificates of recognition to Shen Yun Performing Arts.

Elijah E. Cummings wrote a letter to Shen Yun Performing Arts that said, “It is important for the world to be exposed to, and mesmerized by, the awe-inspiring beauty and demonstrated essence of traditional Chinese culture.” Both Sen. Cardin and Congressman Cummings mention how the performances celebrate “human dignity and positive values.”

Congressman Chris Van Hollen represents Maryland and serves as ranking member on the important House Budget Committee. He issued a citation to Shen Yun Performing Arts in recognition of their tour “celebrating 5,000 years of Chinese civilization and tradition.”

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Gaithersburg, Md., proclamation for "Shen Yun Performing Arts Days." Shen Yun performs at the Kennedy Center Opera House Jan. 29- Feb. 3. (City of Gaithersburg)

On behalf of the entire membership of the Maryland senate, Senator Bob Garagiola, the president of the Maryland senate, signed a resolution congratulating Shen Yun Performing Arts.

Sidney A. Katz, mayor of Gaithersburg, Md. wrote in a proclamation his “heartfelt gratitude” for Shen Yun Performing Arts “restoration and revival of Chinese traditional culture” for Maryland and the world.

Rockville, Md. mayor Phyllis Marcuccio and the four members of the Rockville city council signed a proclamation that said the Shen Yun Performing Arts “exhibit grace, wisdom, and virtues distilled from five millennia of civilization.”

Shen Yun 2013 performs Jan. 29 – Feb. 3 at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center Opera House. For more information, visit

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