Falun Gong in the United States [electronic resource] : an ethnographic study / by Noah Porter.
ABSTRACT: Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, has been described in many ways. It has been called qigong, one of many schools of physical exercises that aim at improving health and developing "supernatural abilities". Scholars and mainstream media have referred it to as a "spiritual movement" or religion, although practitioners claim it is not a religion. It has been called a cult, in the pejorative sense rather than in a sociological context, by the Chinese government and by some Western critics. In the writings of Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, it is referred to in different ways, though primarily as a "cultivation practice". The question of how to define Falun Gong is not just an academic issue; the use of the cult label has been used to justify the persecution of practitioners in China. To a limited degree, the Chinese Government is able to extend the persecution overseas.
School:University of South Florida
School Location:USA - Florida
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:falun gong organization human rights china media religion falungong dissertations academic usf applied anthropology masters
Date of Publication:01/01/2003