Saturday, February 11, 2017

女兒語錄(18)Quote of My Daughter(18)

In May 2004, about one month after she came to Sydney from Beijing, my daughter somehow learnt that Falun Gong practitioners Australia wide would have a big parade in the city to celebrate the World Falun Dafa Day. Perhaps because she had never seen or experienced anything like this, she became very excited and begged me to take her to the parade.
Initially I didn’t plan to participate, because as the deputy chief editor, I was extremely busy with the preparation for the launch of the New Land Magazine in June. But she begged and begged; and I finally gave in.
On the day of the parade, we arrived at the gathering point. Upon see my daughter, the 10 year old son of a friend seemed very surprised and asked her angrily, “What are you doing here? You said you are not a Falun Dafa disciple. You have no business here!”
The boy’s indignation was very strong and real, as he truly and seriously believed that only Falun Dafa disciples were allowed to take part in the parade. Completely abashed and dumfounded, my daughter’s mind went black for a few seconds. But she was quick to defend herself, “But my mom is!”
I could see that this little incident really shocked and impacted my daughter a great deal. At that stage I still hadn’t found a proper opportunity to talk about Falun Gong with her. For her, the contrast was just too huge. In China, she was discriminated because her mother practiced Falun Gong and was put in jail as a result. And here in Sydney, she couldn’t adapt to the fact that she had actually just been “ discriminated” by a little boy for NOT being a Falun Gong practitioner. The contrast itself was obviously far more powerful than any “reasoning” or “lecture” I could have given to her. And I noticed that the sentence “But my mom is!” was said with much force and pride, which she herself had not yet realized or prepared for.
This is the little boy who "discriminated" my daughter. They two often fought over it was whose's turn to play the same computer.

Photos: Australian Falun Gong practitioners Celebrating the World Falun Dafa Day on May 8, 2004 in Sydney. (By the way, my daughter and I were unfortunately not been photographed as we were not that "outstanding" amongst more than 500 participants in the parade.)

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