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Retired Colonel: Shen Yun ‘Culturally Enlightening’


Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 26, 2013 Last Updated: January 26, 2013
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Colonel Ken Collins, Sr., United States Air Force (Ret.) attended Shen Yun Performing Arts, on Jan. 25, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Colonel Ken Collins, Sr., United States Air Force (Ret.) attended Shen Yun Performing Arts, on Jan. 25, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

LOS ANGELES—Colonel Ken Collins, Sr., United States Air Force (Ret.) attended the sold out Shen Yun Performing Arts Jan. 25 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Col. Collins, an inductee into the Kansas Military Hall of Fame, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Intelligence Star awards for flying six combat missions with the once highly classified A-12 aircraft.

Col. Collins was pleased with the performance.

“It’s very culturally enlightening,” he said. “It’s very entertaining.” He thought the dancing was very graceful. “I enjoyed it very much,” he said.

Shen Yun is a New York-based classical Chinese dance and music company that travels the world each year, and its mission is to revive traditional Chinese culture, which was almost lost during the Chinese Communist Party’s Cultural Revolution.

Col. Collins appreciated watching the performance so that he could learn more about Chinese culture.
He said Shen Yun offers some aspects of Chinese culture that he hasn’t seen before, “and that’s good; that’s very good,” he said.

He said he would recommend Shen Yun to his friends. “If they’ve never been to China before, it would even be better for them to see this [performance],” he said.

If Col. Collins had a chance to speak with the performers, he said he would congratulate them.

Reporting by Mandy Huang and Albert Roman.

Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Jan. 25 through 27. Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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