By now it is almost like a yearly ritual. As Chinese New Year is drawing near, Falun Gong is doing a publicity campaign to promote its Chinese New Year gala performance around the world in marquee venues. The advertisement I saw along highways in Chicago calls itself Divine Performing Arts. Divine Performing Arts, what a name.
For unsuspecting Americans who are interested in Chinese culture, the Divine Performing Arts billboard can be attractive on surface but ultimately misleading, because nowhere did it mention that it is a front for Falun Gong. Therefore a number of unsuspecting people who went to the show last year were disappointed, to the point that they left before the show was even over, as mentioned in this NYT article.
Here is something I know, based on personal experience:
- A good high school friend, who I shared a dorm with, played basketball and joked together for three years, went berserk after becoming a FLG convert, killed his wife, then committed suicide;
- A good friend’s relative got sick, but refused to take medications, citing that contradicted with FLG belief.