By New Culture Center in the Midwest
Minneapolis – We are appalled by the Hong Kong immigration authorities refusal to grant visas to six key members of Shen Yun (formerly Divine) Performing Arts. Shen Yun Performing Arts, of which New Culture Center in the Midwest (NCCM) is a presenter here in Minneapolis, has issued a statement regarding the cancellation of their seven sold-out shows in Hong Kong. Shen Yun Performing Arts said on Monday morning that the Chinese communist regime has been interfering with their performances for years “by trying to pressure officials and theaters to cancel our shows.”
Dr. Margaret Jiang, organizer of this year’s event says, “The decision is a clear violation of Hong Kong citizens’ right to experience a cultural performance that is rooted in their own heritage and that also depict modern day events.”
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts is currently on its 2010 world tour. It is recognized worldwide as the premier Chinese classical dance company that is independent of the Chinese communist regime. Through the elegance of Chinese classical dancing and singing, Shen Yun highlights the beauty of different regions of ancient China and brings to life ancient legends and heroic figures through inspiring stories. In addition to featuring classical Chinese dance and ethnic dance, a few programs also depict modern stories of tragedy and heroism, including the plight of Falun Gong.
What does the Hong Kong government have to fear from dancers and singers?
“We appeal to the people in Hong Kong and everyone who value freedom to write, text or call government officials to urge them to undo this mistake,” says Jiang.
Please let your voice be heard. Write directly to the Hong Kong immigration authorities at:
Hong Kong Immigration Department, [email protected]
Shen Yun Performing Arts is scheduled to perform at the Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis on April 14, 2000.
For information about Shen Yun Performing Arts, see www.shenyunperformingarts.org.