A mass email was sent to the Chinese Graduate Student Club at Columbia University to boycott a Falun Gong meeting.
The email read:
“We will use the sea of [Chinese Communist] flags, dyed with blood, to strike hard against the evil cult’s arrogant fervor, and to resolutely defend the honor and dignity of the Motherland! Tomorrow we will not dismiss before seeing each other!”
This may seem amazing, since:
The “evil cult” in question refers to Falun Gong, the meditation practice that was outlawed in mainland China by the Chinese Communist Party in 1999.
That’s right, a meditation group. But, Falun Gong’s members have spent considerable time and endured considerable hardship fighting the communist regime in China, and the Chinese Government doesn’t like that.
Both Dr. Yang and Dr. Li, as well as the moderator, Professor Frank Xie of Drexel University, adjusted their remarks in response to the overwhelming number of hostile Chinese students who filled the room.
“I remember I used to be like you at one point of time—when I first came to the United States, I had a huge argument with my Taiwanese roommate about who started the Korean war—I said it was the ‘evil Americans.’ Eventually, I found out the truth,” Xie said. “You are all smart, young people; I hope that you will rationally and clearly evaluate the truth based on the evidence that you have found.”