Ms. Chen Meihe, a resident of San Francisco, California, received a letter from President Trump and his wife Melania in January 2021, wishing her well on her 100th birthday.
Ms. Chen, who is Chinese, was born in Vietnam in January 1920. She was a clothing designer and used to contribute to the design of Levi’s jeans. She also used to run a business teaching clothing design. She has four children and remembers believing in Buddhism from a young age.
After decades of hard work, Ms. Chen developed numerous illnesses, including heart disease and high blood pressure. Fortunately, her oldest daughter introduced her to Falun Gong in 1996. By doing the Falun Gong exercises and following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, Ms. Chen’s illnesses disappeared and she became more open-minded. Her younger brother, a doctor, used to bring her medicine whenever he visited her, but he was surprised to find that she no longer needed any medicine and was healthy again.
However, Ms. Chen’s daughter Zeng Guobao visited her in 2004 and found that her mother could not stand up straight because her back was curved. “At that time, I noticed that one position was not correct when Mother did the exercises. As I gently lifted her hand to correct that, her back miraculously straightened with a sound of ‘click.’ Since then she has been able to lie down and walk normally,” Ms. Zeng recalled.
This experience helped Ms. Chen become more determined in the practice. Although she was already in her 80s at the time, she frequently went to the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco to share her experience of overcoming health problems through practicing Falun Gong. She also talked to people about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) defamatory propaganda against Falun Gong.
“My mother is a good person. She really takes the Falun Gong teachings to heart,” Ms. Zeng said, adding, “She is always happy and never gets angry.”