Thursday, May 28, 2009

Comments From TV Audience

It is a touching documentary film that will tell a lot of stories about human struggle, passion to live, fighting for freedom and goodness of other people. We will appreciate what we have when we consider the sacrifices and sufferings of our elders. It is nice to see our roots and to be rooted in the stuggle of the people and to bear fruits of freedom, peace and joy.

Antonio Abuan, MS

Diocese of San Bernardino

I tried to save a Vietnamese suicide victim by giving her mouth to mouth resusitation in 1986.  She had died around4 1/2 hours early unbeknownst to me.  She lived in my former house in Elmhurst, N.Y..  I can't remember her name but she was also a refugee and her entire family was wiped out in Vietnam.  I wonder if she was one of the survivors of this boat.  I am heartbroken I was unable to be there earlier to save her.  I had befriended her without language understanding but was seeking an interpreter at the time to help her get the help she needed.  I just saw the documentary on WLIW and it broke my heart the Captain refused to be a humanitarian and save all these people.  Anyway, thank God everyone is in peace now.  I am looking forward to speaking to you.  I can get her name if you're interested.  Pray for the refugees and Veterans this weekend please?  

I really wish I could somehow inform any possible family she had so they know what happened to her.  But.........from what the Chinese people at my former address there told me at the time, she was alone because her whole family was wiped out in Vietnam.  Still I always think about her, pray for her and hope if there IS some family that I could get in touch with them or maybe find out if she was on the boat so I can somehow be helpful.  Thanks so much for doing this documentary.  It truly did touch my heart and hurt me so much.  If it was me out there on the boat and saw these Vietnamese people I probably would have gone against my captain only in this case as it was a matter of life and death.

Victoria Mary Stong

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bowers Museum Screening

Thuy Nguyen, CFO, Linda Kahn, Vice President of Education, Bowers Museum and Duc Nguyen
Lam Phan and Tung Trinh present a commemorative plaque to USS Morton former Commander Corwin "Al" Bell.

Tung Trinh, Bolinao 52 survivor and Duc Nguyen, director

Photos courtesy HUNG DOAN

Emmy night photos

Photos courtesy Merritt Grooms

Sunday, May 17, 2009

..and the EMMY goes to: BOLINAO 52!


BOLINAO 52 "swept' the Emmys on Saturday evening 5/16/09 winning:

1) Outstanding Achievement in Documentary to Duc Nguyen

2) Outstanding Music Composition to Mark Izu

In his acceptance speech, Duc dedicated the award to his mentor and the "Mother Asian American Film" Loni Ding, Prof. of Ethnic Studies @ UC-Berkeley, who is recovery from a severe stroke, since last we saw her at our home for POTLUCK & A DOC, in April. (Please send healing love to Loni for her speedy and full recovery!)

We also dedicate this award to the 2.0 million Vietnamese Boat People around the world who remind us of the 'high price' of freedom'.

Last but NOT LEAST, you have a few more opportunities to catch the B52 on PBS stations during ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH of May:


TUE 05/19/2009 2:30 AM


TUE 5/19/09 @ 3am and 2pm

Corpus Christi TX- KEDT

WED  05/20/2009 11:00 PM

New York NY- WLIW

FRI 05/22/2009 12:00 AM and MON 05/25/09 4:00 AM


SAT 5/30/09 11pm AND SUN 5.31.09 5am

Finally, Cheers and gratitude to the B52 Team whose love and faith brought VOICE & VISIBILITY to Vietnamese Boat People last night and for generations to come!


Duc & Mai-Phuong