Peter Ho-Yang Tsai is the only son of Rev. and Mrs. Ai Chih Tsai. He is the youngest of the four children and a lifelong resident of Seattle, Washington. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington. His career as a social service administrator covers over 40 years, including 26 years as the Director of the Center for Career Alternatives, a non-profit organization proving employment and education services to at risk youth and adults. He is currently the Grant Administrator for the Robert Chinn Foundation in Seattle. He is married to Joyce Yamada Tsai and they have two daughters; the oldest, Melyssa Tsai O’Brien and her husband live in Columbus, Ohio and the youngest, Whitney Tsai resides in Los Angeles, California.
Bilin Paula Tsai(蔡美玲)
Bilin Paula Tsai is the second child of Rev. and Mrs. Ai Chih Tsai. She was born and raised in Seattle Washington. She completed a B.S. degree in chemistry at the University of Chicago in 1971 and a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1975. After a one year postdoctoral appointment at the University of Nebraska, she accepted a faculty position in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her research program focuses on photoionization and photoelectron spectroscopy and her teaching portfolio includes physical chemistry, general chemistry, seminar, and advanced graduate courses. During her tenure at UMD, she served in several administrative positions including Department Head of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences, and interim Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Professor Tsai is completing her 41st year at UMD and will retire in May 2017. Her husband, Don Poe, is a retired analytical chemistry professor. Their daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter live in Boston. Their son and his fiancé live in Connecticut.
Whitney Li-Lin Emiko Tsai is the youngest grandchild of Rev. and Mrs. Ai Chih Tsai. She attended Occidental College and received her B.A. in Biology. She currently lives in Los Angeles and works as the Lab Manager and Research Assistant in the Moore Laboratory of Zoology at Occidental College where she has been working since 2012. Her research focuses on uniting natural history collections with genomic techniques to study the evolution of birds.
Ms. BiLan Chiong’s(鐘美蘭)
Although I have spent the majority of my life in the U.S., I feel that the 16 years in Japan from infancy until graduation from high school has had a greater impact on my life . I am the eldest daughter of Khe-Beng and Anna Chiong. My name is Bi-Lan Chiong. I have two sisters: Chu-Lan and Mei-Lan (also known as Binko). I was born in 1945 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, where our father had attended U.S. Army Language School. In 1954, our family which by then included my sister, Chu-Lan, left Japan and spent six months in the U.S. We returned to Japan as private citizens because our father left the military and went into business. My sister, Binko, was born in 1957, and six months later our father passed away March 19, 1958. Our mother, Anna, took over our father’s business, Plastic Products Company. We remained in Tokyo until 1963 after which we relocated to Seattle, Washington.
I went to art school in Seattle and San Francisco to study Painting. I painted for about 20 years. I later worked for a University of Washington research center monitoring research grants. I retired in 2007 and have since worked with an ESL school in Seattle providing homestay for students from many countries. Each year I have had 12 to 25 students living in my house for varying lengths of time. The students who come to my house remind me how difficult it must have been for our father to come to the U.S. when he was 19 years old in 1932.
[BiLan is coming to make a PowerPoint presentation on May 17, 2017.]