Since 1999, China has experienced the most concerted campaign of propaganda and disinformation that the world has ever seen—one using every communication channel and the communist regime’s entire mass media arsenal. The key target of this campaign has been people who follow the ancient spiritual practice of Falun Gong. In the most literal sense, their voices have been silenced amid a cacophony of venom and lies. Here, they have the opportunity to present their stories of perseverance, faith, and personal evolution, straight from the heart.
This is the story of Oxana Draguta, a woman who lives in Eastern Europe. Nearing the age of thirty, and still single worried her greatly. She once asked God for help to find her a husband and soon; otherwise, she’d give up.
Whether by fate or by chance, she found her future husband within the time period she had set for herself. At the same time she also found the meaning of life that she had been searching for.
Oxana’s husband is a psychologist. He loves Chinese culture and is a big fan of everything from Chinese tea, to food, to martial arts.
Oxana felt that her marriage was arranged by Heaven a long time ago, as there were many little signs before and during their developing relationship. For instance, before they started dating, her husband had a feeling he would meet his future wife very soon.
Oxans’s husband was born in Europe, and was a Buddhist. In 2003 he had a sudden thought that he should go to Romania, and that if he went, he would find things that he had been searching for.
It turned out that in Romania he found the Romanian version of the book Zhuan Falun, and he began to practice Falun Gong shortly there after.
When he first met Oxana, he brought Zhuan Falun with him and introduced it to her. She fell in love with Falun Gong immediately, as the principles of the practice talk about truthfulness, compassion and tolerance,’and returning to one’s original true self. She believed it was what she had been searching for—the true meaning of life.
Falun Gong brought these two young people together into a happy marriage.
Helping Stop the Persecution of Falun Gong in China at a University
Some time later Oxana got a full scholarship to attend a university in America and studied there for a year.
A Chinese student once heckled her while she was collecting signatures for a petition to stop the persecution of Falun Gong and organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China. Oxana was shocked by this.
The student asked her where she found the information about organ harvesting. Oxana realized that this student believed the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) propaganda, and she told the student, “I don’t hate China. I love China and Chinese culture. But I must help to stop the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and the harvesting of their organs in China.”
She told the student about the independent investigations into organ harvesting and the resolutions passed by the European Union and the U.S. House of Representatives. The student took some photos of the banner and said that she would do some research online herself.
Oxana’s roommate was also from China. This roommate also believed the CCP’s propaganda and was very wary of Oxana. However, she found out later that Oxana’s behavior wasn’t like what China’s media had said about Falun Gong practitioners. She later became more relaxed and friendlier toward Oxana.
Some other Chinese students had even decided to learn Falun Gong after meeting Oxana.
Oxana has been practicing Falun Gong for eight years now alongside her husband, and she feels that she was incredibly fortunate to have found the meaning of life and her husband—all at the same time.
This article was originally published on Minghui.org, a website organized by Falun Gong practitioners to spread information about the Chinese spiritual practice and the persecution it suffers because of the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution.