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Memorial Service in honor of the late Dr. John B. Tsu

The Memorial Service in honor of the late Dr. John B. Tsu was held on April 9, 2005 at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco and also at Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in New York City. It was one of the most memorable memorial services ever held for a great leader who devoted his entire life in helping and promoting the well being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States as well as those in foreign countries. Dr. John B. Tsu was regarded not only as a distinguished scholar and educator but also the man who worked diligently and tirelessly for people of all levels to enable them to have the opportunity of achieving deserving goals and positions in both public and private sectors. He was the god-father for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in American society.

The late Dr. John B. Tsu was educated in Japan. He graduated from the School of Law of Tokyo University. He went to the United States in 1950's to pursue his advanced degree where received his Masters Degree from Georgetown University and earned a PhD at Fordham in Political Science and International Relations. As an accomplished scholar, he taught at Seton Hall University, San Francisco University, Stanford University(Hoover Institute) and John F. Kennedy University. During his tenure as scholar and educator at these universities, he embarked on and implemented many unique and valuable programs. These included Bilingual programs (he was the first scholar to implement Japanese language at public high schools in the United States) and numerous other programs which enabled many of his former students to use the teachings of the late Dr. Tsu to advance for their professional and academic careers.

     

The late Dr. John B. Tsu worked particularly to promote Asian Americans in public service for more than 30 years. He was an Advisor to Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and both Bushes. Dr. Tsu was Chairman of President George W. Bush's Advisory Committee on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the first Chairman of the International Leadership Foundation, which provides scholarship to Asian Americans in public service and international affairs. He was also President of the non-patrician Asian American Political Education Foundation and served on the Presidential Commission on Education and numerous other governmental and presidential commissions.

Dr. Tsu was Chairman of U.S. Foundation for International Economic Policy, which was incorporated under the leadership of the U.S. Congress and its counterparts in the Japanese Diet as well as the leaders in business and educational field of the both countries, designed to promote the bilateral relationship on trade, education and health. One of the greatest achievements he accomplished is the equilibrium of trade and education in the bilateral relationship, which provided the opportunities with small and medium seized business companies in the both countries to increase tangible business results through "grass-roots business opportunities trade mission" which has been the on-going activities of the U.S. Foundation for International Economic Policy. He was one of the funding fathers of establishing branch campuses of American universities in Japan, which enhanced more grass-roots educational exchange opportunity by locating the campuses of American universities in Japan's regional areas where personal interactions have been enhanced among American and Japanese students and the peoples in these communities. This unique program that he initiated has created the opportunity for fostering many youths who could be the next leaders in the bilateral relationship.

The passing away of the late Dr. John B. Tsu was a great loss to so many peoples in the world as he has fostered his personal relationships with peoples of all levels in foreign countries. Some of them became President, Prime Minister, Cabinet members, the leadership in the fields of public service, education and business in many foreign nations. The Memorial Services in honor of the late Dr. John B. Tsu was held with the sense of the deepest sorrow as expressed by Presidents George Bush, George W. Bush, Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Transportation, Norman Mineta and many other high echelon U.S. government officials, both at the Federal and State level. Former Prime Ministers, Tsutomu Hata, Yoshiro Mori and former Finance Minister, Yoshiro Hayashi have expressed their deepest condolences at the Memorial Services which were introduced by Mr. Yusuke Kataoka, Acting Chairman and Executive Director of the U.S. Foundation for International Economic Policy.

It will take days and years to talk about, and to describe the late Dr. Tsu. His tireless devotion to the well being of people at all levels in the United States, in particular, for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as well as his tireless work for the well being of the people of his mother-land, China, and towards the unification of the mainland and Taiwan in the future, one of the unaccomplished tasks to which he aspired for a long time.

In recognition of the leadership he has demonstrated and services that he extended for peoples of all levels without the sense of selfishness, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed "the Resolution honoring his contribution to the United States of America" on March 10th. The leadership in many foreign countries has also expressed their deepest condolences for the loss of the late Dr. John B. Tsu.

It is deeply sad to face this unfortunate situation but we must continue to carry out the goals that he has left to the leadership of the next generation to achieve. We hope that he will now rest peacefully in his eternal world.

Yusuke Kataoka
Acting Chairman & Executive Director
U.S. Foundation for International Economic Policy

Dr. Tsu and his colleagues together with the late Susumu Nikaido were in the discussions with the leadership of the U.S. Congress on the bilateral relationship on trade, education and health. The late Mr. Susumu Nikaido who was one of the architects of the restoration of Sino-Japanese relationship under the Tanaka Cabinet. Mr. Nikaido served, among other important positions in Japanese government cabinet and Liberal Democratic Party, as Chief of Cabinet under the Tanaka Administarion.

The late Dr. John B. Tsu served as chairman of U.S. Foundation for International Economic Policy worked closely with the late Susumu Nikaido who was the Honorary Chairman of the Foundation.