Sandy Stimpson, the mayor of Mobile, Alabama, said he was excited to watch Shen Yun after reading about the company’s story.
“I saw a newspaper article about it. Reading about some of the persecution and all that goes on, because what you’re doing—and that inspired me also to want to come,” he said after watching Shen Yun at Mobile Civic Center Theater in Alabama on April 30.
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive authentic Chinese culture, which was almost destroyed under communism.
“I think fair to say Americans’ view of China is more recent history instead of the thousands of years of colorful history, and this touches on it and brings it out,” said David Nichols, former mayor of Mason, Ohio.
Ancient Chinese people believed their culture was a gift from the divine. And it was said that artists sought inspiration from the heavens. They would cultivate goodness, meditate, and seek virtue.
Today, Shen Yun artists strive to do the same.
Charmein Moser, member of the board of directors with the Mobile Opera Company, said that the values Americans traditionally held are the values that traditional Chinese culture held as well.
“They are sadly missing in a lot of places today,” Moser said.
Sabrina Vasquez, chair of the dance department at Wichita State University, added that the stories portrayed through Shen Yun had a “unifying, compassion, and love story that is lovely to see, … that’s clearly communicated.”