Thursday, February 7, 2008


So the wife and I were thinking of taking our daughter to Radio City Music to see Chinese New Year Splendor. It looks spectacular. We mentioned it to a friend and she said, "Oh no, don't go. It's Falun Gong. Lots of brainwashing."

Okay, Falun Gong -- I know it's a spiritual practice banned in China. They've been persecuted in China and Human Rights activists have been fighting for them. Okay, fine, how bad could it be?

Well this article came out in the Old Grey Lady --
Before long came a ballet piece in which three women were imprisoned by a group of officers, and one was killed. At the end of the number, more members of the audience, in twos and fours and larger groups, began to walk out. At intermission, dozens of people, perhaps a few hundred, were leaving.
Okay that's pretty bad.

Falun Gong is based on Qigong, which involve the coordination of different breathing patterns with various physical postures and motions of the body. So it's sort of like Tai Chi or yoga and has been compared to Buddhism and Taoism.

But then I read that they believe --
followers have a spinning wheel in their bellies that pushes out evil and attracts good. In 1999, its founder, Li Hongzhi, told a Time magazine reporter that aliens from other planets were responsible for corrupting mankind by teaching modern science.

Yipes! Sound like the perfect group for Tom Cruise.


bobby fletcher said...

Falun Gong’s controversy is somethine we in the Asian-American community are well aware of.

But even I was suprised to find out Falun Gong media have received funding from faction of US Congress that’s considered “Blue Team” China hawks.

Most notably The Friends of Falun Gong, a quasi-government organization started by Congressman Tom Lanto’s wife, Annette Lantos, and operated by Ambassador Mark Palmer, one of the co-founders of NED: (page 4, list of directors)

FoF’s non-profit filings over the years show that millions were given to various Falun Gong media outlets:

Rohrabaucher I can understand, but Lantos?

Anonymous said...


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