Posted On: Saturday - December 18th 2021 10:40AM MST
In Topics:   Commies  Immigration Stupidity  China
No, no, no, not Shen Yang! That's a city* in Manchuria. I'm never goin' back. We're not talking about a Chinese MSG-based delicacy either. I'm getting confused myself. I asked for some Shen Yun, hold the MSG, and I got Mu Goo Gai Pan, ... the comedy duo, Mu is the straight man, and Goo is the funny guy. Mr. Gai Panned their whole routine in the Chinatown Daily Worker, saying it was too Bu Wai Zhee.
Sorry, that one came straight outta the comments in Peak Stupidity's previous post on this Shen Yun crowd. Commenter MBlanc46 noted back then that'd he'd seen loads of ads in his area for this anti-Commie ballet troupe. The ad above is for the same, but for the '21-'22 ballet tour.
Note the anti-Communist theme of this year's tour. Inside, the brochure, it says:
Come see what the Chinese Communist Party doesn't want you to see. Every year since its inception, Shen Yun has had to overcome the CCP's attempts to sabotage the performance.So, you're taking the fight over here? But, per last year's FAQ, there will be no Kung Fu (hence our preference for the Monster Truck show instead...). Fighting Communism by ballet dancing - well I've heard it all now.
For millennia, China' s dynasties were home to a world of profound and bountiful culture. That all changed in 1949 when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seized power. Viewing China's spiritual and artistic heritage as a threat to its atheistic and materialistic ideology, the communist regime spared no effort to eradicate traditional Chinese culture and anyone who stood firm to defend it.,
Then Shen Yun came with a mission to revive this 5,000-year-old [John Derbyshire says 3,600 years, so I'm goin' with that, sorry.] culture
Look, I've got no problem with ballet dancing per se. I've definitely got no problem with anti-Communists. The thing is though, well two things, they want a couple of hundred dollars a ticket for them to fight Communism in China by performing ballet, and why don't you keep this fight in China?! Per the previous post on this Shen Yun crowd, they are allied in some way with the Falun Gong, who, per the CCP, were fighting the CCP by stretching and calisthenics. There was that old Chairman Mao saying, power comes from doing lots of jumping jacks. No, that wasn't it.
Peak Stupidity wrote a post a couple of years back about the stupidity of importing a civil war, in Sweden. That one was about importing ~ equal numbers of Iraqi and Iranian Moslems who don't particularly get along back in the Middle East, so there's no strict guarantee that they will get along in Sweden. Now, we have a large number of Chinese people living in America as citizens or in various stages of the immigration process, legal or illegal. I suppose it's good that they can get some influence from the other side of the story vs. the CCP propaganda. However, I think it would be better if the Chinese people living here for good would live as Americans, concentrate on the American Communists, and leave that whole China scene behind.
Really, are there Americans in China performing ballets or just having rallies, pro-Trump or anti-Zhou Bai Dien? Pick some random countries that have a few Americans. Do Americans in Germany have political events about American politics? If you're living in Germany or in China, you lay low (especially in the latter case), you live as the Germans/Chinese do, and you ask yourself "why in the heck would the average German/Chinaman want to go to my special political ballet?"
There's been so much of this in America done by Americans over the recent years, since the 1960's (hmmm, what bill was passed in 1965?) The Cold War, American influence for its sake, and pushback against this, was one thing. At this point in history, I don't know what foreign places have anything going on that is our business. Bomb the Serbians, kill Kudaffy, protect some rocks off of Japan from the Chinese, protect one group of Koreans from another group of Koreans, c'mon man, we're flat broke!
For years you'd see those Free Tibet! (or was it Free Tibetan Coffee!.) bumper stickers. You want to free Tibet? Good on you. Go to Tibet and free Tibet - your bumper sticker is not helping free Tibet.** Now, the deal is we have so many people from foreign lands that are not going to leave their old animosities behind.*** Unless their politics affect America, I don't care. Leave it behind on the border, at the airport, in that shipping container you came in ...
No thanks, Shen Yun, I'll save my $200 for "Let's Go Brandon" signs.
* Formerly Muckden, but even Chinese people don't know that, cause, Mao.
** Whichever side they were on, you've gotta give those idealist young men in the mid-1930s that went to Spain to fight in that civil war some credit. Even Eric Blair, aka George Orwell, a clueless fool at the time, decided to fight on the "Republican", aka Communist side, picked up a gun, and spent months on the battle lines. See our review of Homage to Catalonia.
*** It's nothing really new. This goes back over a century to the southern Italians - It should have been "No, Vito Corleone, you have to go back." (It's hard to say "no" to a man named Vito.) It's all good now, but it's been a century!