John Jengshyong Tsai, Ph.D.

            Dr. John Tsai was born in Taiwan, Republic of China, where he received his B.S. degree in physics and chemistry from National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei. He received his M.S. degree in physics from College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, and his Ph.D. in ocean physics from University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. Subsequently, Dr. Tsai also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Florida International University, Miami.

            Dr. Tsai is the publisher and the chief editor of the Overseas Chinese News, a biweekly Chinese community newspaper which he established in 1990. Previously, he established the Integrated Technology International, Inc., a computer system integration company, in 1986 and served as its president until 1990. Since 1994, he has also been a board member of the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, which is an accredited master’s degree institution in traditional Chinese and oriental medicine.

            For twenty-four years (1977 to 2001), Dr. Tsai was a research physicist at the Ocean Acoustics Division of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, which is under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce, and served as principal or co-principal investigator in several projects. He became the first scientist in 1985 to study and observe the large amplitude internal soliton waves in Sulu Sea, the Philippines, using the acoustic remote sensing technique. During his professional career, Dr. Tsai published more than fifty journal articles, research reports, and one technical memorandum. Currently, he is a member of the Acoustical Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, the Asian American Journalists Association, and the Chinese American Press Institute.

            Over the years, Dr. Tsai has been involved in numerous community and professional organizations and activities. He is presently the President of Chinese American Press Institute. He has served as the Chairman of the Miami-Kaoshiung Sister Cities committee since 2000. He is a member of the Miami-Dade County Asian Pacific Rim/Taipei County Sister Cities committee since 1999. He is also a Board member of the Miami-Dade County Asian-American Advisory Board, of which he was the First Vice-Chairman in 1998. Dr. Tsai also served as a Board member of the “Many Voice: One Community” since its establishment in 1997 and as its Treasurer since 2000, and actively participated in the Study Circle of civil rights agenda. Since the formation of the Chinese Federation of Florida, an umbrella organization of fifteen Chinese organizations in Florida with more than one thousand members, Dr. Tsai was its Executive Secretary (1994-95), Vice President (1996-97), President (1998-99), and a Council member (since 2000). Previously, he was a Board member of the Organization of Chinese Americans, South Florida Chapter, and served as its President in 1996. In addition, he was also involved in various promotional and religious activities of the Chinese Baptist Church of Miami.

            Dr. Tsai is a recipient of numerous awards and honors. He received a “21st Century Award for Achievement” from the International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England in 2001.  In 1999, he received “Outstanding People of the 20th Century,” and “International Man of Millennium” awards from the same organization. In 2000, he was honored by “Proclamation of Tenth Anniversary Overseas Chinese News Day,” and “Proclamation of the Year of Dragon and Tenth Anniversary of Overseas Chinese News Day” by the mayors of city of Hialeah and city of North Miami Beach, Florida. The mayor of the city of Hialeah also honored him in 1998 by “Proclamation of Chinese Federation of Florida’s President Dr. John J. Tsai Day.” Dr. Tsai was appointed a Deputy Governor by the American Biographical Institute Research Association, Raleigh, North Carolina, from which he also had received an “Outstanding People of the 20th Century” award in 1999. The Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission of the Republic of China made him an “Overseas Chinese Affairs Advisor in Florida” in 1999. While he worked at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, Dr. Tsai won several “Certificate of Performance Award” (1989, 1992, and 1993) from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and a Distinguished Authorship Award in 1986 from NOAA’s Environmental Research Laboratories, Boulder, Colorado. In 1986, he also received an Annual Award for an Outstanding Paper from John Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory.

            Dr. Tsai and his wife Losi live in Miami, Florida. Their son David is a graduate student at Stanford University, and their daughter Jenny attends Wellesley College. Contact address: P.O. Box 430810, Miami, FL 33243.


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