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Thanks to All About Asians for including us in their listings
Great advice from a parent whose children are members
A loyal fan in our neighborhood
From Kathy who loves dancing
From a fan who saw our "Ngu Lang and Chuc Nu" performance
From Mey who likes performing arts
A nice comment from a French fan, living in Spain
And here's a comment from Wichita, Kansas
Our latest comment comes from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lisa from Albany, NY for her comments
More great compliments!
From the Land Down Under -- Sydney, Australia
Thanks to Loc Nguyen for sending us the following comment from Vancouver, Washington
Thanks to Thu Nguyen for sending us the following comment
We heard from a new location recently
Another note from across the world
From Allison and Rick Martin
We were invited to perform all the way across the country!
Thanks to Hai Pham for sending us a note from Almere City in The Netherlands
Thanks to Long T. Cao for sending us the following comment
Our artistic director Dieu-Hien Trinh also contributed her own memories
And from a long-time member of the dance group

Thanks to All About Asians for including us in their listings: [top]

Date: October 2005
Location: Vallejo, CA

Craig Wong from All About Asians wrote to us to let us know that we've been added to their new search directory:
http://www.allaboutasians.com/asian-entertainment.html.


Great advice from a parent whose children are members: [top]

Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 21:24:53 PST
Subject: CCBV Share
From: Charlie Ho
Location: Union City, CA, USA

Dear chi Hien,

I have been privileged to follow the group from the daily practices to major public appearance events in the last 2 years. The performances are always excellent and outstanding with all top, talented and young Vietnamese performing artists. In addition, I am amazed with the innovative choreography that chi Hien weaves together with Vietnamese culture and story-telling drama. There are always lessons to learn from each performance. I strongly encourage the Vietnamese parents to have their teenagers participate culturally with Canh Chim Bach Viet, a non-profit organization. It is fun, Vietnamese community minded, and helps your child's self-confidence. Moreover, the parents should also support CCBV in whatever way they can.

Congratulations! and keep up the good work.


A loyal fan in our neighborhood: [top]

Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2003 23:02:06 PST
Subject: CCBV Contact
From: Lloyd Nguyen
Location: San Jose, CA, USA

I have been to most of your dance group's performances. In my opinion, they are absolutely splendid. So far, the Milky Way production is the best! All of your dancers are very talented! I'm very glad we have talented young Vietnamese girls and boys willing to put on a great show. The story is expressed really well through dancing. Your main female dancer perfectly resembles Chuc Ngu. She has the correct stage personality and character to take on that role. I also want to comment on the beautiful costumes you have. They add a significant cultural look. Keep up the great work! I look forward to seeing your performances during the New Year's time!


From Kathy who loves dancing: [top]

Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 21:36:54 PST
Subject: CCBV Share
From: Kathy Le
Location: Des Moines, WA, USA

I'm so glad to have stumbled into your webpage...i truly thought that your dance photo were so beautiful and the custom was OH-SO great. And i bet that it will be great to have seen it live. Myself too love to dance and i have been for an organization that i've been in for the last few years..and i'm loving every bit of it. It's good to know that there are people out there who are willing to spread our Vietnamese Culture and share it with the rest of the world. So keep up the good work....


From a fan who saw our "Ngu Lang and Chuc Nu" performance: [top]

Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2003 20:43:38 PDT
Subject: CCBV Share
From: Khai Vu
Location: San Jose, CA, USA

Today Oct 18th, 2003, Day in the Park, the Wingsof100Viet delivered an outstanding performance "Ngu Lang va Chuc Nu". Thanks for keeping VNese cultures alive under any circumstances and anywhere we go. Viva "Con Rong Chau Tien". Hopefully, we can see more performances in the near future. I wish the team can find the acts such as "Son Tinh va Thuy Tinh".

Sincerely,

Khai Vu


From Mey who likes performing arts: [top]

Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 14:52:01 -0800 (PST)
Subject: CCBV Share
From: Mey Kouang Saephan
Location: Redding, CA, USA

wow...this is a really awesome site...I recently made the decision to get into a cultural arts movement... because i too love to dance...and this site has some real nice pictures of the performances...I've never seen any types of Vietnamese or other Asian ethnic styles of dance besides Mienh, Hmong, Chinese, Thai, and Lao.... This site has motivated me to carry on my performing dreams...and keep up the great work...it looks beautiful!..


A nice comment from a French fan, living in Spain: [top]

Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 13:27:25 PST
Subject: CCBV Share
From: Legendre

It is a very attractive site : poetic (it is important nowadays), artistic and cultural. Bravo as we say in france. I am very fond of Martial art from Vietnam I practice since 27 years with my Master 3 Maître Nguyen Tien in Brittany (France) But I live in Barcelone now.

Friendly Bernard.


And here's a comment from Wichita, Kansas: [top]

Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 02:31:05 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: CCBV Share
From: R. Nguyen

Good to know Your Community Website!


Our latest comment comes from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: [top]

Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2001 23:05:06 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: CCBV Contact
From: Tony C.

GOOD MEMORIES OF VIETNAM THANKS FOR ALL THE GOOD TIMES (1966)


Thanks to Lisa from Albany, NY for her comments: [top]

Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 19:32:33 -0800 (PST)
Subject: CCBV Contact
From: Lisa

I think it's sOo kOo that yall do this.. It helps other Vietnamese Kids to remember and be proud of where they come from. I know a lot of Vietnamese Kids that can't even speak the language and to me that's very sad. Send me some more info. about this group/association. I think it's very interesting. What are yall going to do to help those suffering from the flood now? If u have any donations or anything send me some info. I want to help. Vietnamese people are rising up and I'm so proud of it. Our culture isn't just about the old fashion way of dancing n stuff even though i think we're unique in that matter, but we have now like Asia4 (like a up-to-date Singing group), Shayla, Trish, etc. I'm so proud of being Vietnamese and I'm glad to have found ur website.

Here's what we replied to Lisa regarding flood assistance:

Hi Lisa,

Thanks for the compliments! We are glad you found our site, since our purpose is to reach out to the Vietnamese community and retain a sense of unity across the globe. I hope that we can inspire you and your friends to form your own Vietnamese community in your local area.

Our group will be sending some clothes over to Vietnam with one of our members, who is going back there next month. However, you can also make a contribution to the Red Cross and specify that the donation should be used for the flood victims in Vietnam.


More great compliments! [top]

Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2000 19:04:04 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: CCBV Contact
From: Bet Key Wong

I was doing research to update our web site, FamilyCulture.com, for our page on Tet Trung Thu. I can't believe my eyes. Your dance photos are beautiful. Love your Moon Cycle, Life Cycle write-up. We plan to create a link to this page. I would be interested in writing an article about your dance troup since there are not many Vietnamese dance troops in the country. If you have press information that I can use, I would appreciate it.

Bet Key Wong
Editor
The FamilyCulture
www.familyculture.com


We recently heard from the Land Down Under -- Sydney, Australia: [top]

Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 21:18:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: CCBV Contact
From: Jessieca Vo

just wondering how ya org about, & would like to know more. i wished australia will have kind org like in feature its lots of fun i guess. keep going for this great work i hope i was there so i can join ya guy anyway all the best gotta go.


Thanks to Loc Nguyen for sending us the following comment from Vancouver, Washington: [top]

Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 14:28:44 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: CCBV Share
From: Loc Nguyen

Hello everyone,

I found the website and looked at pictures of the Son Tinh & Thuy Tinh dance. It looks great. Keep up the good work of introducing Vietnamese culture to others, especially young Vietnamese abroad.

I used to love to hear the story of Son Tinh and Thuy Tinh when I was younger. I now have two sons, one is two years old and the other is fairly young. The older boy is at the stage where he loves to hear story. I have been telling different Vietnamese legends such as Son Tinh & Thuy Tinh etc...... However, I remember there is also a song about this story and for the life of me, I cannot remember how to sing it. If any one in your troops do know this song. PLEASE email it to me so I can teach it to my children.

Thanks in advance and keep up the good work.

(So that we don't publish Loc's email address without his permission, if anyone knows this song please send it to us at webmaster@wingsof100viet.org and we will publish it on this page for Loc.)


Thanks to Thu Nguyen for sending us the following comment: [top]

Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2000 16:18:24 -0800 (PST)
Subject: CCBV Share
From: Thu Nguyen

Dear Vu Doan Bach Viet,

I'm looking at your performance pictures and suddenly missing VietNam so much. This web site and you show so much how you care for Vietnamese culture and arts...We thank you for what you have done.

Thu Nguyen
Software Engineer
VietPage.com


We heard from a new location recently: [top]

On 02 January 00, we got a note from Australia!


Another note from across the world: [top]

We received a message on 20 Dec 1999 from M.Huy in Germany, telling us we have a nice page and asking us for more links to web sites about Vietnamese culture!


Thanks to Allison and Rick Martin for including us in their list of cultural resources. They manage an organization of parents who adopt children from Viet Nam. [top]

Date: Sun, 03 Oct 1999 10:54:44
Subject: Great site!
From: Allison & Rick Martin

What a wonderful website! My husband and I manage a large website and 600 member mailing list for parents who are adopting children from Vietnam. It was a joy to find your site, my only regret is that we live so far away.

I will add your website to list of Vietnamese cultural websites I am compiling. The list is still in progress but you are welcome to visit our site http://www.comeunity.com/apv/ Adoptive Parents of Vietnam.

I wonder if I could get permission to include a few of your photographs in our postcard section? http://www.comeunity.com/postcards/index.html. I would include a copyright notice and link to your site.

If you think I might include one or two of the stories, that would be fun also.

I will to refer people to your site for the wonderful dance information in any case.

Best wishes,

Allison & Rick Martin
Listowners of Adoptive Parents of Vietnam (APV)
Visit the APV website! http://www.comeunity.com/apv/


We were invited to perform all the way across the country! [top]

Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 20:16:10 -0400

I just returned from a two-week visit to your country and when I found your e-mail I was just delighted.
Of course I will put your web site on my Asian links page. But I would also like to know if it would be possible for your dance troupe to come to Georgia to perform for our community and students. Have you performed out of California before? Please let me know if you have any interest in traveling to Atlanta, GA.

Doris B. Fisher, Ph.D.
Clayton College & State University


Thanks to Hai Pham for sending us a note from Almere City in The Netherlands! [top]

We are very excited to hear from someone so far away who has visited our site.


Thanks to Long T. Cao for sending us the following comment: [top]

Date: Fri, 27 Nov 1998 09:22:40
Subject: Your Website
From: Long Cao

Very well presented website. I truly enjoyed reviewing it. Best of luck for keeping up with your objectives. If I can help anything please let me know.

Best regards,

Long T. Cao


Our artistic director Dieu-Hien Trinh also contributed her own memories: [top]

So, my Web Mistress wants me to start this page by sharing my memories of CCBV these past 6 years with you. Hmm!!! I could write a book ... but to begin with, here are some of the typical problems that normally appear a few weeks before each main production hits the stage, and turn my hair gray:

"Chi. Dieu-Hien, I don't like to work with him, but I guess I'll do it anyway."
"Chi. Dieu-Hien, sorry I can't make it to ANY of the practices but I practice at home by myself and I am sure I can jump right into it."
"Chi. Dieu-Hien, I went skiing and I hurt my ankle, can't do the lead anymore."
"You want to do what? Pick up the new costumes this week? I don't think I can get them done for another month."
"Thirty minute production??? But the program has CCBV already scheduled for only eight minutes."
"You want to put twenty dancers on stage at once? But the stage can only hold ten."
"We can only budget CCBV half the amount we gave last year. Sorry if your performers grew twice in numbers last year."

And you ask me if I will put myself through these kinds of pressures again voluntarily twice a year? The answer is YES! YOU BETCHA and for the below motivations:

"Chi. Dieu-Hien! When I return home this spring break, I will be able to sing "Qua Ca^`u Gio' Bay" in Vietnamese. My mom will probably cry."
"Thank you for your devotion with my kids, they now think Vietnamese culture is ... cool."
"Can you let my children join your group? They are under ten years old but they can't wait."
"I am CCBV's biggest fan. I came here old and very homesick, and I saw your dance production. It made me happy and proud to see the younger Vietnamese generation still remembering its heritage."

I have grown with my dancers from their high school years through college. Others have been with me since they were four feet high until they are over five feet. Some special occasions, I have the opportunity to attend their weddings, their children's birthdays, and guess what ... they still come back to dance ... with a baby carriage ... and take short breaks to go out and feed the baby.

My friends! As long as I still have some black hair left, I will be glad to turn a few gray each year to continue this work as long as I have your love and support.

Dieu-Hien Trinh (Artistic Director)


And from a long-time member of the dance group: [top]

Dear Chi Hien,

As much as I have enjoyed these past few years of dancing with the group, it is time for me to retire. I'm sure you expected this, since I did mention that I would be back only for Trung Thu this season. Even though I know it is the right decision for me, I still feel very sad to leave the group.

You have given me a great gift, Chi Hien, the gift of my culture. Before I joined the group, I only knew the food and general family aspects of the culture. But your dances taught me the history of the country, the beauty of its art, the strength of our people, and the joy of sharing our culture with the community. Through your efforts, many Vietnamese youths have realized how important it is to keep our culture in our hearts and our community alive and active. And some of my best friends have been made through this dance group. (Now if only we could get some of the guys and girls to fall for each other!)

I realize that, as the last original member of the group, my leaving is somewhat of a milestone. But I am encouraged to see that there are many new faces in the group, and many returning ones too. (I'm also more than a little dismayed that these new faces are literally half my age!) Part of the reason that I am leaving now is that I want to give the new dancers a chance at the spotlight, a chance to take a more active role in the group. Whether you intended it or not, your organization not only helps youths develop their dancing skills, it also gives them the opportunity to develop their leadership skills. With my controlling personality, there isn't much chance for the next generation if I stay!

I have never told you how important this dance group has been in my life. To tell you the truth, I didn't realize how much it meant to me until now, as I sit and write this letter with tears in my eyes. You have given me a sense of who I am and what it means to be Vietnamese. You have given me (all of us) a great circle of friends who all still keep in touch even if we stop dancing. You have shown me what it really means to be dedicated to something and have a passion for it that will never die. And last but certainly not least, you have given me over eight years of fun. And I don't intend to stop counting, because you can't really get rid of me. I will still be around to help out and to join in the fun. Even though I won't be coming to practice anymore, I will see you soon.

With much love,
BaoHuong
December 1999

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