How the Falun Gong Defeated Google – The Shen Yun 2013 “Extravaganza” Plays San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre

All right, let’s say you’ve heard about the big Shen Yun 2013 show at our Orpheum Theatre and you want to find out a little about it, m’kay?

So you type into Google and this what you get:

What you won’t get is something like this:

The Falun Gong Show

Or Yelp reviews neither, like these:

The Yelp

And you certainly won’t find the official Chinese Communist Party (“Socialism, with Chinese Characteristics!”) website on Shen Yun all that easily, oh no:

Cult Studies [Uh, FYI, CCP, your agitprop website looks a little crude, like it’s from your little buddy North Korea, just saying.]

So I guess the lesson to be learned is that if a small group of people wants to game Google so that you’ll buy tickets to this show without knowing, in a general way, what it’s about first, then they can.

Things I now know:




That’s something to consider when you’re getting the hard sell at San Francisco Costco #144, as seen last week on 10th  Street:

Just saying,…

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9 Responses to “How the Falun Gong Defeated Google – The Shen Yun 2013 “Extravaganza” Plays San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre”

  1. JR says:

    I read some negative reviews like the ones above along with some very positive ones on and I also visited the website. I then decided to take my Chinese wife to the show for our anniversary and I was glad I did because we both really liked it.

    It was basically 20 different story based performances within 2 hours of very professional and actually very beautiful classical Chinese dance, a genre I knew nothing about. There were 2 or 3 performances that focused on the Falun Gong persecution in China, but to us the show was far from Falun Gong proselytizing or propaganda.

    We both felt the Falun Gong skits spoke to China’s history of struggle under the import of communism by the Chinese regime. I mean, they are voted one of the top human rights abusers in the world each year, so to speak of China’s history without a mention of the suppression that hundreds of millions of people in different faiths and regions have been going through for the past 60 years is not a true depiction of Chinese history.

    Other than this the rest of the show focused on dance from many ethnic groups and regions. It also put many ancient Chinese stories and fables to classical Chinese dance. It was a very entertaining evening and worth seeing again we felt.

  2. ManfredD says:

    I googled it before I bought the tickets and it didn’t bother me at all. It is just a show and they are free to present however they want. However, I truly appreciate the dances and the spiritual contents inside. It IS long-lost even in America. I somehow found the spirituality was universal whether it is Falun Gong or other religions. Man, just be open-minded. We are San Franciscan!!

  3. sfcitizen says:

    Fair enough. I’m still hearing stories of people walking out surprised.

    My point is that the people from this religion manipulate Google to hide the connection.

  4. Rhia says:

    SFC, I don’t see how positive reviews can be looked at as manipulating google. C’mon! So what if the majority of people who go see Shen Yun really like it and only a minority are ‘surprised’ about the history of China and its connection to human rights abuses being exposed on stage by a performing arts company. It’s not that much to digest is it? Throughout centuries, different art forms have been depicting stories about war and peace all along. Another storm in a tea cup!

  5. Richiestreasure says:

    I’m pretty sure all of their promotional material specifically says the show is presented by the Falun Dafa Association. Looks like they aren’t hiding the fact when promoting on the street…

  6. sfcitizen says:

    Many people are still shocked when they get in there, even these days, apparently. I’ll look into this.

  7. George says:

    Endorsed by David Campos and the entire Board! :(

  8. MCNY says:

    I have seen Shun Yun for several years, and am always amazed as to how utterly beautiful and deeply meaningful the inner message is. All throughout, the stories are about hope and goodness. The songs question the meaning of life and finding one’s way in this confused world. The vistas depicted on the backdrop/screen give us a lens into the ancient past and a heavenly world. The time flies by and we are back to reality, but maybe with a more hopeful and kinder heart. There is no crude sexuality in the dance moves, no dark images that today’s pop culture is filled with. This is truly a family show with values every family raising kids would appreciate. See it for yourself and think for yourself.

  9. ChasL says:

    Well, Google have its revenge after all. Try these Google:

    “Li Hongzhi no oriental people in Jesus paradise”.
    “Li Hongzhi homosexual no longer moral human”.
    “Li Hongzhi mixed races alien”.

    Yes alien, you can’t make up stuff like this. Add Google key phrase “” to see original attribution from Falun Gong publication.

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