Pretty Scary – Ep. 141 – Is Shen Yun A Cult?

Adam and Caitlin discuss a classical Chinese dance troupe that some people accuse of being a religious cult.

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Reference Links

You’ve Seen the Ads!

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/stepping-into-the-uncanny-unsettling-world-of-shen-yun

So Who Are They?

https://www.insider.com/shen-yun-show-falun-gong-2019-3

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/dec/12/shen-yun-falun-gong-traditional-chinese-dance-troupe-china-doesnt-want-you-to-see

What Is Falun Gong?

https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2018/09/05/what-is-falun-gong

https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-07-14/why-china-fears-falun-gong

Enter Shen Yun

https://laist.com/2019/02/20/la_explained_shen_yun.php

So Are They Really A Cult? (Probably Not)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-i-learned-to-stop-hating-falun-gong-11563490711

https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2019/03/19/26177522/you-might-not-know-it-but-shen-yun-is-dissident-art-presented-by-a-persecuted-religious-group

Organ Harvesting: Yay or Nay?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-china-rights/china-is-harvesting-organs-from-falun-gong-members-finds-expert-panel-idUSKCN1TI236

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1809171/

https://www.bmj.com/content/368/bmj.m859

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5637687

Either Way, They’re Probably Doomed In China

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/18/asia/hong-kong-china-falun-gong-intl-hnk/index.html

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