Why we object to Public School Sponsored Field trips to Florida Splendid China
- Who owns the park and who has visited the park ?
- What are they saying that we disagree with ?
- Why is this important ?
Who owns the park and who has visited the park ?
What are they saying that we disagree with ?
- Florida Splendid China is owned and controlled by the Chinese Communist Party(CCP) and the People's Republic of China (PRC). While this, of itself, should not be a cause for concern, the park has demonstrated an unwillingness to be a responsible neighbor and talk with concerned citizens about the exhibits.
The Case Against Florida Splendid China shows the links between the park and the PRC government.
- Documents describing the propaganda strategy from the 1993 Beijing Propaganda Conference mention the need for new theme parks to be opened to continue to spread the Chinese Communist Party version of history and strike back at supporters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
- The importance of the Splendid China to the CCP is evidenced by the visitors that have visited. In promotional literature handed out by the park, the following passage is included:
With much attention and great concern of the leaders of our Party and state and the
departments concerned, a number of heads of state in the world and noted personages in
various circles and organizations have come to visit "Splendid China" Miniature Scenic Spot
and China Folk Cultural Villages one after another.
Mr. Deng Xiaoping has visited "Splendid China" and China Cultures Villages. The leaders of the Party and state having an inspection tour in "Splendid China" and China
Cultures Villages, early or late, are as follows: Jiang Zemin, Yang Shankun, Li Peng , Wan Li, Qiao Shi, Song Ping, Li Ruihuan, Wang Zhen, Tian Jiyun, Li Ximing, Wu Xueqian, Qin Jiwei, Ding Guangen, Zou Jiahua, Bo Yibo, Xi Zhonxun, Ji Pengfei, Wu Xiuquan, Liu Lantao, Zhang Aiping, Liu Hiaqing, Peng Chong, Ngapoi Ngawang Jigmi, Seypidin, Ye Fei, Ni Zhifu, Chen Muhua, Sun Qimeng, Lei Jieqiong, Wang Hanbin, Song Jian, Wang Bingqian, Chen Junsheng,
Liu Fuzhi, Hong Xuezhi, Gu Mu, Wang Guangying, Zhao Puchu, Qian Weichang, Chen Siyuan,
Lu Jiaxi, Ismail Amat, Ding Guanxun, Ye Xuanping, etc.
Why is this important ?
- The inclusion of the Potala Palace , once the home to successive Dalai Lamas since the 17th century, as well to the now-closed Namgyal Monastery, and the Tibetan government is an attempt by the park owners to:
- Whitewash the truth about the last 38 years of brutal occupation in Tibet.
- Teach our school children that the Potala palace is a 'Chinese', when in fact, it was built by Tibetans.
- Teach people that Tibetans are 'Chinese since ancient times', when the International Committee of Jurists in 1960 and 1963 published findings that Tibet was a free and independent nation prior to the communist takeover.
- The bottom line:The exhibit is offensive to Tibetans and distorts history.
- The inclusion of the Tomb of Apak Hoja, and renaming it for a Chinese princess is an attempt by the park owners to:
- Whitewash the truth about the last 47 years of brutal occupation in Eastern Turkestan (Xinjiang).
- Rob the Uighur people of the memory of the great Uighur heroine 'Ipparhan'. Under the Qing, this great lady was captured by the Manchu Emperor and was to be his concubine. Rather than submit to this outrage (and disobey Muslim law), she chose to end her life. While great acts of defiance are still occurring in Eastern Turkestan against the Communist Chinese, they would much rather sweep this episode under the carpet.
- The bottom line: The exhibit is offensive to Uighurs and distorts history.
- The inclusion of the Id Gah Mosque, another Eastern Turkestani cultural icon is similarly wrong in that it is an Uighur structure, not built by the Chinese people.
- The inclusion of the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan is an attempt by the park owners to:
- Whitewash the truth about the last 50 years of brutal occupation in Southern Mongolia.
- The replica in the park is a copy of the building that the Chinese communists built in 1954 to house the Ordons of Genghis Khan, shrines built to contain his relics (and those of his family) that were in yurts. Since the Communist couldn't control the Ordons of Genghis Khan, they were confiscated and housed in a building.
- Attempt to show that Southern Mongolians and Genghis Khan were 'Chinese since ancient times'. Genghis Khan, born Temujin, was a Mongolian and his ancestors took over and ruled China and most of Asia and parts of Europe. It is an evil, twisted lie that says the great Khan was Chinese.
- The bottom line:The exhibit is offensive to Southern Mongolians and distorts history.
- We also object to the inclusion of religious exhibits, please visit : Why we object to the inclusion of religious exhibits
- We believe it is wrong to obliterate cultures. It is the aim of the Chinese Communist Party, through policy and action to remove the cultural identity of Tibetans, Mongolians, and Eastern Turkestanis and replace it with a 'patriotic sense of duty to the communist party'. Centuries-old traditions are being outlawed and control of all daily activities are under the control of the communist party. While these people are struggling to save their cultural identity,
it is outrageous that the very government which is oppressing them is now teaching our children their corrupted version of the story.
- School sponsored field trips imply that the information is approved by the local school board. Do the members of the school boards that allow field trips to Florida Splendid China really endorse the Chinese Communist Party's rhetoric and propaganda ?
- Furthermore, the inclusion of religious exhibits attempts to whitewash the true record of the Chinese Communist Party on it's draconian control of religion. All religious activity inside the PRC is under the control of communist party members, who have pledged themseves to be atheistic.
Should we teach our children that this is proper ?