Red Performances
Vision Times
30 September 2019

The following is a translation of an article published in Vision Times Australia on Red songs and dances in Australia. The author, He Weilian / William Ho  (何威廉), is a master of Tai Chi and a member of various martial arts associations in Australia.

Red songs and dances are not welcome in Australia

By He Weilian

When young Sydney dragon and lion dance troupes took part in Mid-Autumn Festival activities in Eastwood on the 22nd of September, there were about 300 performers altogether. A lot of government officials, state MPs, city councillors and the mayor attended, however the audience was very small.

The performances started properly, and colourful lions started off the proceedings, but only twenty or thirty children and parents followed them, and not a lot of audience watched them. In almost an hour of items it was all older men and women performing songs from “The White-Haired Girl”* and red dances, and more than twenty people did a Tai Chi performance. Hardly any of the audience wanted to watch to the end.

This was really a worry for the organisers. When the red songs and dances were done, how could it be represented as a success to the sponsors and the city council? An amount of funds was spent to carry out the activity, but if there were more performers than audience, it shows that it was a failure. At the Parramatta Council Chinese New Year celebrations back at the beginning of the year, I took just one pupil to perform there, and a thousand people crowded round to watch. The dragon and lion dances and performance items had thousands of people watching and applauding that day.

I saw online a few months ago that at a Burwood Council Chinese cultural performance for New Year in March, a troupe of several hundred older ladies performed, but hardly anyone came to watch. I didn’t believe it at first, and thought I hadn’t read it properly. Now I’ve attended the Eastwood Mid-Autumn celebrations and seen for myself that it is so. Carrying out Chinese cultural performances only serves the Chinese Communist Party’s infiltration of Australian society. Singing songs from “The White-Haired Girl”, and doing red dances is meant to keep control of people using the Chinese Communist Party’s Mao the Bandit ideology.

These activities dupe Australian government officials who don’t understand recent Chinese history, and haven’t lived and worked in China, and they misuse government resources and cheat sponsors of their money. International politics and the social situation in mainland China show clearly that Chinese communism and Maoism are not popular, but they have been abandoned, and they are resisted and reviled. Red songs and dances aren’t welcome in Australia, and performers should realise that.


*Editor’s note: “The White-Haired Girl” (白毛女) is a Chinese revolutionary opera first performed in 1945.

Translation by: Graeme Ford, NAATI No. 5046

Date of translation: 19 October 2018

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