On Monday August 18th 2014, Qi, a volunteer for Tuidang in NYC, was mugged of her audio player by a Mainland tourist. The man walked up to Qi, made a derogatory comment and grabbed the player from the pouch that Qi carried on her shoulder, throwing it into the East River. He ran off into the crowd and was not caught.
Qi volunteers her time at the busy South Street Seaport Pier 17 where many Chinese tourists from the Mainland arrive by tour boat and disembark to take bus tours around the city.
As they walk to the buses, Qi greets the tourists and offers them the opportunity to receive factual information that would be otherwise unavailable in China. Knowing that Mainland people are deeply entrenched in believing the propaganda of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), she also carries a billboard to catch their eye and broadcasts a message from a small audio player to catch their ear in hope of helping them realize there is much more to the picture of China than what they were made to believe.
The incident with the tourist brings light to how resistant people can be when encountering differing information offered by Tuidang volunteers. In China the CCP goes to great lengths to convince people of its agenda. Qi knows this all too well from personal experience.
In China, Qi worked as a doctor. She was approached by CCP agents who tried to compel her to use her medical expertise and title to make false statements against the practice of Falun Gong that would be broadcasted on television. As she herself practiced the discipline and experienced its benefits, and knowing that false words coming from a medical doctor on television would hurt many people, she refused to be a mouthpiece for communist propaganda.
The cost of her refusal brought her two years in a Chinese labor camp.
Qi, who now resides in the US, is fueled from her experience to help people know the truth of and quit the CCP.