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
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
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
Dr. Tsu was Chairman
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
relationship on trade, education and health. One of the
greatest achievements he accomplished is the equilibrium
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
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
in Japan, which enhanced more grass-roots educational
exchange opportunity by locating the campuses of American
in Japan's regional areas where personal interactions
have been enhanced among American and Japanese students
the peoples in these communities. This unique program
that he initiated has created the opportunity for fostering
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
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.
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.