2016-2017

June 29-30, 2017 (Hard to Believe Screening)

FDF hosted a free screening of the award-winning documentary film, “Hard to Believe,” and a Q&A discussion led by Dr. David Cordero in Michael Kingsmill Forum at the Nest, 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Hundreds of thousands of people in China have been killed for their organs and we, in Canada, participate in this inhumane act by providing medical coverage and services for those illegally-transplanted organs. “Hard to Believe” examines the issue of forced live organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience (e.g., Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghyrs, Tibetans, house Christians) in China and the response—or lack of it—around the world (watch the trailer here).

January 20-April 7, 2017 (Weekly Friday Practices @ the Nest)

FDF hosted weekly Friday practices from January 20 to April 7, 2017, between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in Room 2528 at the Nest. We enjoyed practicing Falun Gong exercises together and giving free exercise instructions. We hope everyone enjoyed it too!

March 17, 2017 (FDF Annual General Meeting (AGM))

FDF held its AGM in the Nest, Room 2528, between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. We’re happy to announce that Skylet Yu has been re-elected as the president and Sup Suppaiboonsuk has been elected treasurer for the following school year! Thank you everyone for your feedback and suggestions on the kind of events that you want to see FDF hold next term/year. We will try our best to realize them! Hope to see all of you at our next events and next year!

March 2, 2017 (Hard to Believe Screening)

FDF hosted a free screening of the award-winning documentary film, “Hard to Believe,” and a Q&A panel discussion with experts at the Lev Bukhman Threatre Lounge at the Nest, UBC, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Hundreds of thousands of people in China have been killed for their organs and we, in Canada, participate in this inhumane act by providing medical coverage and services for those illegally-transplanted organs. “Hard to Believe” examines the issue of forced live organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience (e.g., Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghyrs, Tibetans, house Christians) in China and the response—or lack of it—around the world (watch the trailer here).

The panel discussion was led by the following panel of experts: Ethan Gutmann (2017 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and award-winning China analyst and human-rights investigator), Kay Rubacek (producer of Hard to Believe), Dr. Patricia Rodney (Associate Professor, UBC School of Nursing), and Cindy Song (UBC LLM and survivor of China’s state-sanctioned organ transplantation abuse).

Read more for highlights from the Q&A panel discussion.

February 14-17, 2016 (The International Art Exhibition of Truth-Compassion-Tolerance)

FDF hosted the International Art Exhibition of Truth-Compassion-Tolerance in the Nest, on Lower Level Atrium for a week.

The Art of Truth-Compassion-Tolerance brings together the work of eighteen Falun Gong artists. The exhibit’s pieces not only give poignant, visual treatment of the persecution to Falun Gong practitioners in China, but also depict the artists’ inner life and their firsthand experiences. This combination provides an intimate and unique window into the often untold Chinese experience of the past 15 years.

The techniques and styles of their work are mostly classical, as the artists apply classical oil painting techniques. They consider their art-forms as “Neo-Renaissance.” Several other works involve classical Chinese motifs painted on silk or paper, valuable for those interested in Chinese art and culture.

We hope you enjoyed the exhibition! Thank you to those who left positive and supportive comments in our comment book.

September 30-November 4, 2016 (Weekly Friday Practices @ the Nest)

FDF hosted weekly Friday practices from September 30 to November 4, 2016, between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (to accommodate as many students as possible), on the lower atrium of the Nest. We enjoyed practicing Falun Gong exercises together and giving free exercise instructions. We hope everyone enjoyed it too! As it’s now the end of the term with final exams and papers, we won’t be able to continue our practices. However, we’ll start up our weekly practices again in the new term.

October 20-21, 2016 (Stress Less Days)

FDF participated in UBC’s “Stress Less Days,” a collaborative event organized by SAC Community Engagement and 5 student organizations that promote physical and mental wellbeing on campus. The aim of “Stress Less Days” was to help students relieve midterm stress. Featured for an hour each day on the Lower Level Atrium of the Nest, FDF performed Falun Gong exercise demonstrations, and provided free exercise instruction, stress-relief tips (see: https://falundafafellowship.com/ways-to-reduce-stress/), information about Falun Dafa, and giveaways (e.g., bookmarks, charms, etc.). We hope FDF was helpful in relieving some of your stress!

September 21-23, 2016 (UBC Clubs Days)

FDF participated in UBC’s Clubs Days activities. We were in the Great Hall (Room 2404) of the Nest, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. It was a pleasure to meet and speak with everyone who came by our booth. We look forward meeting you all again at our upcoming exercise practices!

September 15-16, 2016 (Outdoor Exercise Demonstration)

FDF held an outdoor exercise demonstration on Thursday and Friday (September 15 and 16), between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., on Main Mall South (between Scarfe and the Biological Sciences Building). We enjoyed practicing Falun Gong exercises together and giving free exercise instructions. We hope to see you at our next event!

September 6, 2016 (UBC Imagine Day)

FDF took part in UBC’s Imagine Day activities, between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Our booth was located in front of Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. We had a great time meeting new and old UBC students, faculty, staff, and visitors, introducing Falun Dafa/Gong,demonstrating Falun Gong exercises, and giving free exercise instructions! We hope everyone had as much fun learning the exercises as we did teaching them! Thank you all for your participation and we look forward to meeting you all again!

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