Editor’s note: These are the comments on the article Very mixed thoughts on “Shen Yun”.
Pug Mama said…
what?! I am really shocked by this. I told you I tried to get tickets to the show for Low and I….
I did read up on the show (very briefly) before trying to get tickets because i wanted to make sure it would keep Low’s attention. I have never heard of FalunDafa.
It was here last fall and I really wanted to go. I thought it looked like it would be beautiful and yes, like you, wanted to share this with my daughter. My husband did some research on-line (he’s like that) and found out what you are talking about. It shocked me too! With a heavy heart, we decided not to attend. After this experience, I will never look into taking Emi to something (or heck, attending myself!) without some thorough investigating.
Glad you liked some of it, I am sure it really was quite spectacular.
Oh Wow! Yes the commercials I saw on TV were definitely misleading. But I can also see why they wouldn’t show that kind of stuff. They want people to come to the show.
I see where you are torn because this is not how we want to raise our Chinese daughters, nor do we want them to believe that all Chinese peoples have these beliefs. I am really surprised that they would show the death of a mother in front of an audience that could contain children. That is not an appropriate message for kids to see.
I’m glad so much of it was beautiful but also sad to see that they used the show as a way to spread their agenda.
Why did I read the first part of this and know already this was where it was going…..I would have been very dissapointed too. The area where Sugar is from is apparently thickly connected with FD….one part of her heritage I’m hoping she wll never hear about.
Happy belated 40th anniversary to your Mom and Dad.
Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said…
I have to agree with you…. If I would have know the content prior to going, I probably would have opted to not go…….
Hey Lisa, KB here…I think we told you that I was going to take my mom to see it today. First off, this is *definitely* not a show to take young kids to….not what I had expected. Not only was it long but the violence was pretty, well, violent. I was also taken aback by the intertwining of the religious stuff as well. I didn’t know anything about it this Falun Dafa at time but the hard religious push was a real turnoff nonetheless.
I *knew* something was up with them not having much (if at all) promotional video. I’m sure you saw the “No Photographs” signs everywhere as well. They also announced that pictures and video violated copyright law. Yeah right. That got my libertarian “hacker” juices flowing thinking about how that’s such an invitation for exploitation.
Seriously, what are they trying to hide? Their intellectual property or their hidden religious message. I was kinda of hoping that the lady with the microphone/camera guy was going to approach me to get my opinion. 😉
Other than that I thought it was really neat. 🙂
Thanks for posting this…they are coming here in March and we were considering going. I don’t think we will attend now.
Briana’s Mom said…
But, that still doesn’t change the fact that “Shen Yun” did not explain in their advertising that they are promoting Falun Dafa. I might not have had as much of a problem with those performances if my 3 year old daughter wasn’t sitting in my lap. I have every right to shield her from that expression of violence if I choose to until she is older. Shen Yun didn’t not warn that parts of the show might not be suitable for young children.
There actually has been quite a bit of discussion on at least 3 of the adoption lists about how this may not be appropriate for young kids. I always recommend networking (for lack of a better word) before buying tickets to any production you’re not familiar with or have attended. Best – Nina
Briana’s Mom said…
Thanks Nina – I definitely will now after this experience.
The thing is that I would have never imagined what I thought was just a traditional Chinese dance show could be controversial. Atlanta even has a huge billboard hung up on I-75 promoting the show. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought it was anything more than just a light and beautiful dance show (which is how it is promoted.) Luckily, most of the numbers were not controversial and there is no doubt my daughter will only remember the pretty costumes and dance.
I have a nice sized network of adoptive parents/friends that I am a part of and no one knew about this. Actually, there are a few of my friends that attended the show like me and were as surprised as I was.
I put up this post to try to get the word out. I hope I helped a little.
Lisa, I do think you helped – look at your comments! I wish I had thought to put up a post when we decided not to go. It didn’t even cross my mind. So, you done good gal! 🙂
a Tonggu Momma said…
I am so glad you posted about this. They are in the DC area and we were planning to purchase tickets for next Sunday. I am SO glad to read your post. Those scenes? Would freak out the Tongginator. Plus, I don’t know if we would want to give money to this organization, even by attending a show.
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