THE CHAIRMAN SPEAKS...
A Letter to Ruby by William Y. Fong
I met you
in New York in the Summer of 1953. You came with superb recommendations
from my brother Billie and your mother Kam Ngo when I first met her. You
were a bright young lady who had just completed your education at the
University of Hawaii and Smith College and obtained your first job in
the Big Apple as a nursery school teacher to continue with your career
in primary education. I was a confident young resident physician at the
Bellevue Hospital, where I was completing my formal medical training.
At our first meeting, you were a jewel that twinkled in the dark. You
were young, mature, and full of hopes for the future. Your intellect was
challenging for a young man. I was convinced that your training and love
of children qualified you as a future wife and mother. Your intriguing
manner and hope challenged me and I thought that life with you will be
most interesting and productive. It was a short and meaningful romance.
In six months, we were married and our romance continued to mature.
You were a loving wife and shortly became a mother. Our first year in
New Haven came our son Curtis. And then our two years in Geneva, New York
with the US Air Force came the arrival of Mira and Dougie. We continued
to build our loving relationship. Returning to Sacramento, you were complete
stranger in a new city. For you, it was an adjustment you easily made
as wife and mother. I was busy with my professional career. I was away
from home most of the time, in the evenings and many nights, and you were
able to continue to provide a home for our growing family. John and Randy
came along, then Jamie, Joe and finally Ted when we decided eight was
enough. We always wanted Lorelei, but she never found a way to our home.
You almost single handedly provided for the children's training, encouragement
in activities and understanding of proper behavior and music. You nurtured
the children so that today, our grandchildren are receiving the same training
and discipline which you imparted on your own children. We are blessed
with children who are responsible adults, and they are instilling the
same values in their children which they learned from you.
Since 1978, after we visited our roots in China, we first realized how
fortunate we are to be living in Sacramento. Your interest and concern
about China took roots at that time and since then you have devoted yourself
to fostering better relationship and understanding between the people
of the United States and China. The hours which you have devoted to the
US China Peoples Friendship Association and later with the Jinan Sacramento
Sister Cities Association have brought you joy and satisfaction. Your
China tours program over the last 19 years have provided hundreds of Americans
a better understanding between our two countries and a better appreciation
of each other. Your most important volunteer activity has been your Beijing
Language Institute Program. Started 18 years ago with your desire to learn
the Chinese language, you have provided hundred of students, young and
old, university undergraduates, graduates, working people, and even older
interested individuals, the opportunity of studying Chinese at the prestigious
Beijing Language Institute. In your own quiet way, you have contributed
to understanding and good will among people of different cultures, something
you will not admit. Your advocacy role in this area cannot be denied.
It has been an inspiration to me to understand what you have done.
You have been supportive of all my professional and personal activities
in the past 45 years. With your help, support and encouragement, our children
and I are what we are today, The children have provided us with a great
sense of pride and happiness, but only with your guidance are we able
to achieve our happiness today. I need you to be with me for the years
to come. I love you and wish you the most desired Happy Birthday. I know
that you will enjoy all our family and friends who have come tonight to
help you celebrate this auspicious day. Your loving husband,