(Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Kuo Chenkun, a young Chinese painter, watched the Shen Yun Performing Arts show in Hsinchu on the evening of March 21, 2009.

Artist Kuo Chenkun

Mr. Kuo said that the show's beauty and message opened his memory. He was moved to tears several times during the show.

"This is a precious chance to see such a beautiful show. The profound content can purify one's heart. People should promote the righteous traditional culture," he said.

"I cried when seeing the Falun Gong practitioner, who was beaten to death, go to heaven," Mr. Kuo said. He knew about the persecution of Falun Gong. He feels lucky that he lives in a free country. He condemned the brutal persecution.

Mr. Kuo said: "The show promotes our traditional culture and values. Their effort is precious and also encouraging. The show encourages me to walk on the path of traditional art. It is helpful to see that other people are doing the same thing."

Dr. Hsu Su-Hsia, professor of Art and Design, came to the show with her husband, Mr. Lin.

Dr. Hsu Su-Hsia

After seeing Shen Yun, Dr. Hsu said, "The content of the show is very good, and the dancers were marvelous in terms of their dancing skills and artistic training. The presentation of truthfulness, compassion, and beauty in the show was very impressive and extraordinary.

"We seldom see performing arts contain something about faith, Buddha, Bodhisattvas, and the beautiful, heavenly bestowed things. All these elements are good for our bodies and minds. Therefore, I think the show is excellent, since it is a very positive performance."

As a versatile artist, Dr. Hsu has published many research papers on illustration, and she has seen many shows. She said, "I have seen many shows presented by performing arts groups overseas. It takes tremendous effort to harmonize the colors of the costumes, coordinate dance movements, and train dancers' facial expressions and other complicated skills. I think the overall performance was at a very high level. It was an enjoyable and very magnificent program."

Dr. Hsu graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Hsinchu Teachers' College, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Nancy, and was awarded the Visual Arts Performance of the Highest National Diploma (DNSEP). She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Strasbourg in France, and was the first Taiwanese artist to win an award in the Bologna Illustration Exhibition.

She is currently a professor at the Department of Arts and Design of National Hsinchu University of Education. She expresses her understanding and feelings about nature through paintings and has held several exhibitions.