For people who have wondered why the Chinese government cracks down on the FLG, supposedly a ‘spiritual movement,’ well, the following Tweet from reporter Rob Schmitz says it all. Marketplace from American Public Media is one of my favorite shows on NPR that I listen to. Schmitz has been in the news more, lately, because he exposed Mike Daisey’s lies about Foxconn. Anyways, Schmitz reports out of Shanghai for Marketplace. China politely and quietly takes this nonsense as the National Endowment for Democracy sponsors such political opposition. “WTF” is indeed the appropriate response, though Schmitz may not be reacting as broadly as I am.
On the issues of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, and religion, the Chinese government actually has a very large constituent of compatible ideological “supporters” within the U.S.. Recently, the American Humanist Association (AHA) blogger, Luis Granados, published two articles: “India vs. China: Part 1” and “India vs. China: Part 2.”
In part one, Granados rejects the Dalai Lama’s recent admonishment of China about religious harmony. Here is how he starts off his article:
Thu, March 12 2009
At the food court in Vancouver’s Sinclair Centre, a young well-dressed Asian woman was last week handing out glossy leaflets promoting something called the Divine Performing Arts, or DPA.
She spoke softly, explaining to those who took her yellow pamphlets that the show, which is slated to hit a Vancouver stage next month, is about China’s culture and heritage. Continue reading