Lori Harel | Tuidang Center
A Chinese gentleman in his 80s came to the U.S to visit his son. Just about a month in Flushing, New York, he met Mrs. Ying, a seasoned Tuidang volunteer. He was introduced to the principles of Falun Gong- Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance and found Falun Gong to be wholesome and good.
“All I’ve heard in China were stories defaming Falun Gong,” he said.
No positive information was available in China, so it was a surprise for him to learn otherwise. Because there was only one-sided and negative information available in China, he could not form an intelligent opinion about Falun Gong. He was now questioning what he had heard; how could Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance be bad? Why was Falun Gong, with such good principles, vilified and persecuted in China?
“They are victims of the conniving and deceitful Chinese Communist party (CCP),” he said.
And he knew such persecution could be launched on anyone depending on what class-struggle the CCP was after at that time. He knew what persecution was like because he, himself, had experienced it. The elderly gentleman then shared his story with Mrs. Ying.
During the Cultural Revolution, he was the head of a factory. All factories were owned by the CCP, and all resources were held and controlled by the CCP. But he ran a factory and therefore, was considered the head. But heads of factories, who were formally respected, were publicly denounced at that time. He was paraded around in public and the crowd pointed fingers and screamed wrongful accusations at him. He felt betrayed, deeply hurt, and on top of that, his position was stripped away. He was forced to move far away and work as a laborer.
Now, on the streets of Flushing he also learned about the Tuidang movement. Tuidang means literally, “to quit the CCP”.
He thought it was a good idea to have no part of the CCP once and for all.
He then asked Mrs. Ying to help him quit.