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Chuck C. Nguyen
1439 Western Road
Warren ME 04864
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Entries in bullying (3)

Nov022012 From self-defense to resilience, resolution

I recently recieved an extremely flattering write-up on the blog, which features Kid Tech News for Parents by Anne Collier.

"One can strike back with retaliation, but reacting blindly with violence tends to make one hardened like rock over time (like so many criminals Nguyen has worked with [in Maine prisons before deciding to work in the schools from which the prisoners he worked with had dropped out])…" read more.


Penobscot Bay Pilot's take on my "The Power of Water" presentation

Penobscot Bay Pilot, Tuesday, October 9, 2012, written by Kay Stephens

The Penobscot Bay Pilot and writer Kay Stephens, co-author of CYBERSLAMMED recently published a wonderful piece about me and my presentation. 

To read the article, please click here, and to read more about Kay and CYBERSLAMMED, follow this link.

Hope that you are having a great fall! – Chuck



The Power of Water: Celebrate diversity by embracing each person's uniqueness and strengths.

Chuck teaches a group of young students “Falling Water”, a peaceful way to deflect physical and verbal attacks.Ten years ago, I presented the first “Story of Water” to group of middle schoolers at St. George School in Midcoast Maine.

This story is not new.

My grandfather taught it to me before I left Vietnam in 1980. I am positive that this story was told to him by his grandfather, who learned it from his grandfather–and so on.

This is the same strategy that I used to face the challenges of a new country, a new language, and “rocks” who had no understanding of who I was, or what, I was about.

Soon after my St. George presentation, through people like you, the story and message was spread throughout Maine at the middle and high school level.

For the following five years, I was employed by the Maine State Prison System (as a social worker)–working with many emotionally injured and hurting young people. To this point, their lives had forced them to exist as ‘rocks’. It was my mission to spread the message of living and resolving conflicts like water–peaceful and effective conflict resolution.

Arizona’s Grand Canyon is a great example how, over time, solid rock has been smoothly worn away by patient and consistently flowing water.

This past summer, I was invited by camp director, Dud Hendrick, to a present "Story of Water" to a group of young men at Cardigan Mountain Lacrosse Camp in Canaan, New Hampshire. There was an overwhelming questions and requests by these young folks. Following this uplifting experience, I realized how my grandfather’s message could still effectively change a person’s point of view as well as potentially change their life.

Cardigan Mountain: The Top New England Lacrosse Camp for 34 yearsThrough my new website, blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed, I hope to keep the message flowing. I invite you to send me your own thoughts, questions, life experiences, and daily challenges.

I’ll keep you posted as to my presentation schedule.

If you think that your group could benefit from my strategies for overcoming bullying–feel free to either give me a call or drop me an email. I would welcome the opportunity to meet you and your friends face-to-face.

I will keep you updated with my experiences. 
I invite you to share yours with me.