Chinese Consul General Gao Zhansheng must immediately stop intimidating U.S. local public officials and interfering U.S.-based performance – Shen Yun.
On January 18, 2012, Gao Zhansheng, the Chinese consul general in San Francisco, urged a Seattle City councilor not to provide a proclamation or letter of support to the Shen Yun Performing Arts dance company, not to attend its performances, and not to give media interviews related to the show in the form of a letter (see attached document).
It’s an intrusion upon any public officials in the U.S. for China through its San Francisco Consul General to tell a public official that one should oppose a performance in the U.S. It’s not just insulting but actually astonishing that a foreign country representative attempts to dictate a U.S. local public official what he/she should do or not do in the land of U.S.. It’s contrary to the principles of all Americans.
The foundation of American Constitution is freedom of speech. It is Shen Yun performers’ constitutional right to express respect for those Falun Gong practitioners who have been brutally persecuted in China through dances, songs, and music. For a foreign government to suppress this kind of expression through such a marvelous show is insulting America. We respectfully urge Secretary of State Clinton to order a response of appropriate nature to inform China and SF Consul General Gao that this incident is not acceptable in the United States of America.
Dear Secretary Clinton:
I enclosed a copy of a letter dated January 18, 2012, to a member of the City Council of the City of Seattle (Washington) from the consul General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco. The name of the addressee has been deleted at the request of the addressee.
The letter is authentic. I urge you to read it. I also enclose a newspaper article concerning the letter and its subject matter. It astonishes me as an American citizen that a foreign government's representative at the Chinese consulate in San Francisco can seek to intimidate and prevent support of a cultural institution in our country and a theatrical production of considerable merit. I attended the Shen Yun performance in San Francisco. It was a wonderful event.I would like to know whether the United States Department of State has been informed of the unjustified attempted interference of the People's Republic of China through its San Francisco consul General to such theatrical entity and its performances at various cities in our nation. It also write to recommend that you act to prevent further attempted intimidation of this group by advising the Foreign Minister of the people's Republic of China it will not be tolerated and is not acceptable behavior in the United States of America.
Thanks you for your time and attention. Please acknowledge receipt of my letter and advise me as to intended action.