Fan: Bodies Revealed exhibit dishonors deceased for profit

I’m a student alumnus from the University of Arizona.

At the time when I was in school, I took a law class and realized the importance of justice to society.

I was born and raised in China. I have been Arizona for five years, and I have never thought about moving because it is my “heart home,” I love this peaceful state and people.

However, when the Bodies Revealed exhibit came to my “heart home” Scottsdale, Arizona, I was horrified because I couldn’t imagine that it happened so close to me. But I was not surprised by the fact that the bodies at the exhibit were likely from Chinese prisoners of conscience.

Haiyi Fan

In 2013, one of my classmates told me the truth about Falun gong, a Chinese ancient spiritual practice based on truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance, has been persecuted since 1999 by the Chinese Communist Party.

I was shocked at that time because what I heard was different than what I was told in China. I was told that the Chinese communist party was the best party in the world and I had to follow everything the party asked me to do. And that was the only voice I heard in China because I was only able to see the news the Communist Party wanted me to see.

I realized that the Chinese Communist Party tried their best to cover the truth and told the Chinese citizens that the persecution was initiated because Falun Gong is an evil cult.

At the Communist Party’s point of view, they are the ones who define the meaning of “evil,” for those who have different opinions than their ideology, for those who refuse to join the party, and for those who have an independent piece of mind, are considered as “evil” for them.

I am glad that I have chances to come to the U.S. and have access to all kinds of information that are blocked in China.

At that time I realized that a group of faithful people is treated worse than animals in China. Millions of Chinese people have since been abducted, imprisoned, tortured, fired from jobs, expelled from school, or forced into homelessness because they practice Falun Gong.

Because Falun Gong practitioners are following the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance, they never think of fighting back against the Communist Party. Instead, they continuously clarify the truth and send peaceful petitions to the Chinese government.

However, their compassion is taken advantage of by the Party, to fulfill their lust to power and riches.

It is confirmed that about 4,225 Falun Gong practitioners were persecuted to death and their organs were harvested to boost the organ transplant business. Two kinds of businesses were started at approximately the same time as the persecution began. One is the organ transplanting business in China, and the other one is the bodies exhibit world tour.

One thing about the bodies exhibit terrified me that all parts of a human: organs, fetuses, and body, are fully utilized to attract visitors and to make money.

After I noticed the bodies exhibit came to Arizona, the first thought came to my mind was: I need to let people know about the truth.

In my opinion, those Falun Gong practitioners should have been treated respectfully instead of being carried to travel around the world and displayed in exhibits for entertainment or education.

I have been telling the truth to people around Scottsdale since last year. Although most of the people agreed that this kind of bodies exhibit should be shut down, some still think the displays are “educational” and the problems came from China but not U.S.

Nevertheless, I started to think deeply, if I were one of the practitioners’ family members, can I imagine my mom, dad or siblings’ corpses being displayed in front of audiences for entertainment?

Although some people try to stay away from it, I think more and more U.S citizens are somehow involved into this issue, including those who have purchased tickets, those who ran a business related to them or even the one provided them with a place for display.

A question came to my mind, what kind of choice people make when facing this evil thing happening around them? Do they support it, ignore it or decide to make some changes to it?

Editor’s Note: Haiyi Fan is an Arizona resident and alumnus of University of Arizona.

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