February 15, 2008

To the Editor:
A Glimpse of Chinese Culture That Some Find Hard to Watch (February 6, 2008)

Re "A Glimpse of Chinese Culture That Some Find Hard to Watch: A Show at
Radio City Infused With Falun Gong" (news article, Feb. 6):

It is regrettable that your article about the Chinese New Year Splendor
show focused mainly on the few who left our show early, but neglected the
hundreds of families who enjoyed the show. You were so busy worrying about
political messages that you failed to see the appreciation and pride a lot
more people felt for the culture after watching the show.

Human rights abuses are indeed a part of the culture modern Chinese have
inherited, regardless of whether or not one agrees with the medium through
which it was expressed. Whether we like it or not, these abuses are part
of today's reality in China.

One of the basic freedoms central to the United States is freedom of
expression. You should not find it so shocking that a Chinese culture show
produced in the United States includes some reference to China's human
rights issues.

Zhong Lee
President, New Tang Dynasty Television
New York, Feb. 6, 2008