This group of Falun Gong pratitioners were celebrating World Falun Gong day on Friday outside city hall. While respecting them, I noticed a certain “where’s Waldo” quality to the scene in addition to the mix of eastern and western cultures.
A few minutes after this photo, I met one of the followers and had a nice conversation with him. At one point he revealed that he had spent 3 years in a Chinese prison for refusing to renounce his beliefs. It was an interesting lunch hour and I reflected how fortunate we are to experience the degree of tolerance we do in much of the western world, despite the issues that remain.