Just say thanks, but no thank you. Chinese New Year is February 7, 2008 this year, in case you’re making preparations to go home or celebrate in some way.
I’ve written about this before, in I Sent My Parents Straight Into the Jaws of a Cult. (How embarrassing! But I did get to hear my senior citizen dad drop the f-bomb, which almost–barely–made it worthwhile.)
Here’s an LA Times article that elaborates on who and what Falun Gong is. Upshot: going to the New Tang Dynasty New Year Spectacular is like attending an “Indian cultural festival” sponsored by the Hare Krishnas.
So non-Chinese parents of Chinese girl adoptees looking for a nice Lunar New Year “cultural event” to bring your little girl to, DON’T DO IT.
Likewise, non-literate Chinese Americans who’d like to treat their aging parents to a pleasant Chinese New Year “cultural event,” DON’T DO IT.
And reputable politicians who are asked to send letters of welcome or congratulations to be included in the New Tang Dynasty’s program, DON’T DO IT.