Excerpt of Letter to Mr. Ma
February 6, 1995
Mr. Ma Chi Man
Florida Splendid China
3000 Splendid China Blvd.
Kissimmee, Florida 34747
While I reflect on the beginning of the second year of operation for Florida Splendid China, I am moved by a deep sense of conviction to write this letter to you as Chairman of this enterprise.
I have noticed, on my five visits to your establishment, the meticulous care with which the grounds are kept. Although I have only viewed the park from the sidewalk while protesting, I must commend the fine workmanship and diligent effort to maintain the chinese elements of your themepark. The rich cultural heritage that belongs to China should be displayed, but, the prizes of war have no place in a themepark.
As an American, as a human being concerned with human rights and dignity, I implore you to remove the replica of the Potala Palace or supply adequate signs or markings to identify it's true identity.
As a matter of courtesy, I wish to also inform you that a protest demonstration will be held in front of Florida Splendid China on March 10, 1995. The purpose of this action is to:
Perhaps we can change it to a day of celebration. You can remove the contested exhibits and the protesters and themepark can celebrate the beginning of a great new friendship.
I look forward to discussing this with you at your convenience.
- Call attention to the peaceful march of Tibetan people from New Delhi, India to Lhasa, Tibet, and
- Protest the inclusion of religious and ethnic minority exhibits, including Tibetans, Uighurs, and Mongolians.
Jack E. Churchward