WSJ: Chinese Dissidents Take On Beijing Via Media Empire

In November 15th’s issue of The Wall Street Journal, a page one article “Chinese Dissidents Take On Beijing Via Media Empire” describes the efforts of overseas Chinese, including Chinese-Americans, to speak out against mainland China’s crackdown on Falun Gong (“”a Chinese spiritual-and-meditation movement banned by Beijing as an “evil cult.””). The article also goes on to describe the efforts of individuals and organizations actively involved:

“…New Tang Dynasty broadcasts to the U.S., Europe and Asia, including China. It is one of a growing number of media organizations run mostly by Falun Gong practitioners, including a radio station and a newspaper with editions in 10 languages. There is also a film-production company, a performing-arts school, dozens of Web sites and a Chinese New Year cultural show, which has played around the world, including New York’s Radio City Music Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington…Falun Gong follows in a long tradition of sects in China that have challenged the state. Falun Gong started in 1992 as a spiritual movement intended partly to improve practitioners’ health. While a government crackdown has largely contained Falun Gong in China, the group has flourished overseas, driven by well-educated practitioners who volunteer time, money and technological expertise to push their cause, to what some experts describe as a near-fanatical degree.”


The efforts are impressive. I remember going to the Chinese consulate in San Francisco to get my visa to visit China and seeing Falun Gong supporters protesting against the Chinese government. But I didn’t realize the extent of Falun Gong supporters’ existing overseas efforts.

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I'm a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to college in upstate New York, worked in Connecticut, went to grad school in North Carolina and then moved out to the Bay Area in 1999 and have been living here ever since - love the weather and almost everything about the area (except the high cost of housing...)
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