The Falun Gong group was invited to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) on January 27, 2018, for an event celebrating the coming Chinese New Year.
For many years, the Penn Museum has hosted activities to celebrate Chinese New Year. This year, besides the booths, there were dances, martial arts, music, and lion dances.
While practitioners demonstrated the exercises by the 13-ton Sphinx, dozens of spectators followed along to learn the movements.
A spectator named Andie said she’d tried many kinds of yoga before, but Falun Gong seemed unique. She was pleased to learn that she could download the teachings for free from the Falun Gong website.
Chinese Visitors See Falun Gong in New Light
A practitioner, Mr. Leng, spoke with many Chinese visitors. Most of what they had heard about Falun Gong was propaganda fabricated by former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin, who single-handedly initiated the persecution in 1999.
Mr. Leng told a group of Chinese students how the Chinese regime harvested organs from living practitioners incarcerated for their faith and killed numerous innocent practitioners just to profit from illegal organ transplants. The chatty students suddenly quieted down and listened carefully.
They continued to ask questions. Eventually, two of them decided to withdraw their memberships in the Communist Young Pioneers to take a stance against the regime’s crimes.