The Dr. John B. Tsu Asian Pacific Institute supports educational programs and other activities that promote international relations among students, practitioners, and academics in the fields of business and health and foster awareness and understanding of the cultures and values represented throughout the world.
The Asian Pacific Institute was chartered in 1985 by the Board of Regents of John F. Kennedy University to "promote educational and commercial relations between the United States and Asian countries and to develop an increased awareness and understanding among Americans and Asians of their respective cultures and values."
Since it was chartered, the Asian Pacific Institute has developed and sponsored a variety of programs that develop cultural competency and foster cross-cultural understanding as an integral part of the educational process.
In honor of its founding director, Dr. John B. Tsu, the Institute also is dedicated to the cause of public service that Dr. Tsu so tirelessly promoted during his lifetime.
To address the growing need in the health arena, the Institute supports educational activities that contribute to improving the practice, study, and teaching of health care. These programs create opportunities for public and private care professionals and educators to come together to address practical issues of providing effective health services within and across different cultural contexts.
Since 1995, the Asian Pacific Institute has been the home of the Elder Care Workshop series. These week-long workshops are sponsored annually by the Sun Life Social Welfare Organization of Japan.
The workshop provides an opportunity for Japanese care providers, social workers, nurses, and others to share experiences with their colleagues in the United States and to further develop capacity for intentional whole-person practice.