Sheridan’s award-winning 3D animation student seeks release of mother imprisoned in China

“It’s sad that keeping one’s spiritual beliefs has become the” largest and most dangerous crime “in China today. “

An award-winning young digital animation student whose family has suffered mental persecution in China for decades arrives in Canada in August 2020 to avoid harassment and secure her future. Did. But almost a year later, she learned that her mother had been detained again. This is her story.

A talented 24-year-old student at the world-famous Sheridan University in Ontario was taken hostage by Chinese police in an attempt to arrest his parents at the age of four, but now her mother is her mother. We are facing persecution for supporting our spiritual beliefs.

Lucy Min Yuan Liu, whose father is a skilled artist and whose mother is a former dean of a Chinese university, has a talent for traditional 2D painting. She recently challenged full 3D digital animation and made a big splash in her first year at Sheridan, a campus where Disney and Pixar find top talent to fill their ranks.

Sheridan University held a Zoom Call in May 2021 and awarded the Tibor Madjar Award for Best Overall Animation. Lucy was the winner. Her breathtakingly beautiful classical dance demo reel captivated the judges.

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3D animated demo reel of CGI dancer by Lucy Mingyuan Liu. (Provided by Mingyuan Liu)

Lucy told The Epoch Times in an interview that realistically animating a person is one of the most difficult tasks in the world of CGI (Computer Generated Images).

Her anatomically correct and gracefully choreographed dancer would have only come from an inspirational flame of the heart. The judges were aware of it.

Inspired by the dancers of God

Lucy’s CGI dancer did not appear in vacuum.The character was inspired by Shen Yun performing artsOne of the world’s leading classical Chinese dance and music companies, dedicated to reviving traditional Chinese culture, sacredly inspired by 5,000 years of history.

Lucy practicing a persecuted self-cultivation system Falun GongGrowing up in a quiet meditator and qigong practitioner who lives by the virtues of honesty, compassion and forgiveness. Her parents, like countless other Falun Gong practitioners, suffered from the persecution of their faith by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

“It’s sad that keeping one’s spiritual beliefs has become the” largest and most dangerous crime “in China today,” she said. “Falun Gong learners face discrimination and alienation every day in order to be good people.”

Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa), a spiritual practice popular in China in the 1990s because of its moral teachings and health benefits, has ignited the Communist Party. Its Marxist ideology and threat to power. Later, Jiang Zemin, a former CCP leader, launched a persecution campaign in July 1999 to eradicate Falun Gong and his supporters, which continues to this day.

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Lucy Min Yuan Liu, her father Yong Liu, and her mother Yang Liu. (Provided by Mingyuan Liu)

Like many others, Lucy’s parents lost their jobs in high school and were sentenced to multiple years in prison for practicing Falun Gong. After that, she shed tears every day until she got home.

Faced with national persecution, Lucy’s parents worried her.

“My parents said it wasn’t safe for me to stay in China, so they wanted me to come abroad,” Lucy said. “They decided to send me to Canada so that the shadow of persecution would not obscure my future career and life. That the Government of Canada is the most kind and very supportive of Falun Gong. As I know, I have a good impression of this country.

“And I know that the University of Sheridan in Canada is the best. That’s why I chose animation.”

A new start and mission

Lucy landed in Canada in the summer of 2020. Now, in her second program, she is eager to work in a major studio someday.

“Some companies like Disney, it’s going to be a dream job,” she said. “I know that since the last program, only one or two students have been working there.”

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Some paintings by Lucy Liu. (Provided by Mingyuan Liu)

With her first “Digital Animation” program anchored under her belt, she entered the second more advanced “Digital Creatures” program last fall, further exploring the 3D world of texture, detail and realism. Did. She said it was like moving from a television-grade children’s cartoon to a movie-grade feature film.

All parts of the fur, feathers and scales are carefully rendered and animated in 3D. She is now creating a Marboy (boy mermaid) for her next big mission. But in September 2021, the CCP cast a new shadow on her once confident start.

“My dad called me and said,’Your mom was arrested again,'” she recalled.

Lucy’s mother, Yang Liu, was taken to Kunming Detention Center in Yunnan, China. There, only her lawyer was allowed to visit her twice, but her husband was not. “Now even lawyers aren’t allowed to see my mother,” she said. “The people there told me that the environment inside the detention center was really scary.

“Police sent my mother’s case to the prosecutor again around December 30, 2021. The prosecutor is currently preparing for her trial. As far as I know, these trials against Falun Gong practitioners It’s done in secret. They don’t notify their families or our lawyers. “

This is of particular concern.Falun Gong practitioners in prisons and labor camps, in addition to torture and death, Falun Gong practitioners Harvested organs— Heart, kidneys, lungs, liver and everything else — and sold for commercial purposes in China’s state-owned $ 1 billion organ transplant industry.

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A picture of Lucy and her mother as a child. (Provided by Mingyuan Liu)

Expressing dim hope, Lucy said her initial confidence in winning the Teeball Magyar Award was a headache for her family and hindered her concentration. However, with the help of a local Canadian Falun Gong practitioner, she raised her voice and communicated her mother’s plight to the world.

Voice for those without a voice

Bravely confronting the sub-zero temperatures in Toronto on November 18, 2021, Lucy stood side by side with other Falun Gong practitioners outside the Chinese Consulate along St. George Street. Lucy picked up Mike and appealed to officials (Chinese and Canadian) to act on behalf of her mother.

“I hope my story reaches people working in Chinese law enforcement and can rethink whether they are doing or hindering justice,” she said. ..

Speaking out loud, as Lucy did, previously urged the Canadian MP to call a Chinese prison to help a practitioner. Calls from abroad have forced prisons, fearing to embarrass the CCP internationally, to rest, rather than cruel torture, and eventually release Chen.

Lucy hopes to protect her imprisoned mother Petition to the Prime Minister of Canada December 1, 2021.

“The tragedy and trauma I experienced as a child because of persecution is beyond words,” she said in her petition. “I stood up … all justice Canadians, MPs, and our government helped me and called on the Chinese Communist Party government to immediately release my mother and put an end to the persecution of Falun Gong. increase.”

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Lucy Liu speaks outside the Chinese Consulate in Toronto. (Provided by Mingyuan Liu)

Keep your dreams alive

Before the persecution began in China, Lucy’s family was quite wealthy and lived their dreams. Until the communist government overturned their “beautiful life” overnight.

Her dad, Yong Liu, was one of the country’s top artists and a respected art teacher. Lucy’s mom was a respected English professor at Jilin University-Lambton University in Changchun, a partnership between Jilin University and New Fundland Memorial University in Canada. However, seeing the repression gradually increase in Changchun, they packed up, left a successful career, and traveled 3,000 miles to the distant Yunnan province, which no one knows. Fortunately, the talented couple secured a job as a university lecturer there, but later resigned and crouched for fear of the Chinese Communist Party.

But national persecution found them.

“One day in the winter of 2001, more than 20 police officers appeared on campus trying to take my mother out of the classroom,” Lucy said. “The cleaner quietly let my mother out of the emergency exit door. She left the school grounds and hid in a safe place.”

The family was banished and forced to hide. In 2012, her father was arrested and sentenced to four years in prison. Lucy, who was studying in grade 12 at the time, learned that her mother had been banished from college teaching while her father was facing persecution while in custody. In 2015, Lucy was preparing to enroll in a prestigious art college, but her mother was sentenced to three years in prison.

Lucy said her parents suffered from torture, brainwashing, and forced slave labor. By 2018, both her parents had been released from prison and the family had resilience and courage to organize a scattered life. Lucy can’t believe it’s happening again because her mom is in jail today.

“For years, my parents have been my shelter and shield, protecting me from storms and thunder in persecution,” Lucy said. “Today, I want to be a shield for my parents and a value that they value in their hearts and lives.”

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Lucy’s parents, Dad’s Long Riu and Mom’s Yang Riu. (Provided by Mingyuan Liu)

Lucy recently video He seeks assistance in the earliest release of her mother and seeks help in ending the CCP’s 22-year persecution of her spiritual beliefs.

In addition to working at Disney and Pixar, Lucy one day aims to use digital animation to amplify her voice and reveal China’s atrocities. She also used CGI to bring the beauty of the “bright side of Falun Gong”, the three core virtues of truth, compassion, and forgiveness, just as 3D dancers magically impressed the judges. It is supposed to be shown in.

“I know persecution, all this happens because of the media, propaganda,” she said. “I would like to use this animation technique to make a movie about the truth about persecution. A movie is a very good way to influence.

“I want to make a family story into a movie. I want to show that our beliefs have given us a beautiful life and let people see the persecution of the CCP’s faith. . “

Michael Wing


Michael Wing is a Calgary-based writer and editor in Canada, born there and educated in the arts. He mainly writes about culture, human interests, and trend news.