DR. ROBERT LING SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Robert was born on November 12, 1940 in Amoy, China to Yoong Ting Lin and Anna Tan Lin. After World War II, at age 6, he was sent ahead to his Grandfather in Hong Kong to pave the way for his family. He was unhappy there until he was reunited with his family after their arrival in Hong Kong.
At first he was sent to a Chinese school. Then at age 11, he was placed into Diocesan Boy's School. This was a momentous event in his young life. He found buddies, and was well liked because he was congenial and loved to participate in sports, in studies, boy scouts, all of the things that taught him team work and organization. He also learned to play the mandolin and German after school. DBS became the center of his life. He graduated from DBS in 1960, went on further for the pre-university program and came to US to attend Hope College, in Holland, Michigan. There, he first studied Chemistry but switched to Sociology. He found more friends and established a network consisting of his high school and college friends. He believed that he had a mission in life and wanted a network so that he can call on his friends when needed.
After graduating from Hope College, he went to University of Kansas. While in college, he met Maria Ling with whom he went to graduate school and who would become his wife in 1968. After obtaining his Masters in Sociology at KU, he went to The New School in New York for his doctorate. Then he joined the faculty of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He has a talent for teaching and was thoughtful in the way he interacted with his students. He wanted them to teach them not only Sociology but how to be a professional. He used his organization skills to establish internship programs for the Department of Sociology. He showed them what was needed to obtain a job after they graduate, and how to do the work in a professional way. In all of the nineteen years that he taught at John Jay he never took off even one single day. He was always there when his students needed him.
In 1980, a group of six Asian New York police officer came to him. They want to form a fraternal organization and to fight for equal opportunities for Asian police officers. Thus, Asian Jade Society was born. Using the connections he and his wife made in the legal world, Asian Jade Society brought a law suit to increase the number of Asians for promotion into detectives, sergeants and captains.
He was also anxiously to improve the image of Asians as laundry men and restaurant workers and owners. To that end, he encouraged his students to go into other career paths, such as law, accounting, business, etc. He also encouraged participation in politics. It was his belief that by participating in the public arena that the Asian American would become more of main stream Americans. He also was anxious to know more about the People's Republic of China and Taiwan. He and Maria went back to China in 1979 to see if they can lend a hand to the development of a legal system there. They were to return to China and Taiwan to teach about the criminal justice system and the intellectual property law system in the United States.
Unfortunately, he became ill in 1991 and passed away in 1992 from cancer of the liver, a result of having been infected with hepatitis B since he was born. He death was mourned not only by his wife but his large circle of friends. However, many of the projects he left behind have now borne fruit. There are many Asians now in public service. There are many more lawyers, doctors, executives, scientists, engineers of Asian origin. China is now a member of the World Trade Organization. Asian Jade is now 38 years old and within its ranks are many sergeants, captains and high ranking police officials. If he were alive today, he would be well pleased.
Despite being serious about life, Robert was not pedantic. He was interested in many things. He loved music and played the mandolin quite proficiently. He was also an avid tennis player. He worked as a disc jockey during his college years. He learned ball room dancing. Robert was also very fun loving. He loved to tease people and had a nickname for all of his friends. His own nickname was "chicken bones" reflecting his very thin physique.
Dr. Robert Lin
Dr. Robert Lin Scholarship Dinner Dance Flyers
34th Annual Dinner Dance. Presidents Remarks
President, Asian Jade Society
Good Evening, Welcome to the 34rd Annual Dr. Robert Lin Scholarship Dinner Dance. This year we celebrate the Year of the Horse. In the Chinese Zodiac, the Horse represents the unremitted efforts to improve oneself. Horses are viewed as intelligent, energetic, bright, warm-hearted, and able. They are also seen as popular and despise failure. Tonight, we recognized people with these very same qualities.
we have always mattered because of people like our honorees tonight
We matter because of people that support us.
We matter because of people like all of you here today,
We matter because of the people that work in this Department who have held the thin blue line for years.
Police Officers like Police Officer Ming Lee, from the 5th Precinct. Ming Lee has been in the Police Department for 31 years, and 28 of those years here in the 5th Precinct and on Patrol. He is the thin Blue Line. He has seen the Change and rejuvenation of Chinatown Officer Lee may have been the catalyst of whyI am in front of you today. I first met Officer Lee when he and was working the San Gennero Festival, He on Patrol, and I working one of the Stands. Officer Lee would Look out for me He may also have been the catalyst for our own First VP Jennifer Lew, His niece becoming a Police Officer.
The media is not always derogatory, hateful or unsportive. For his part in supporting the Asian Community in the Northeast corridor, The NYPD, especially the 5th Precinct, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Robin Mui, CEO of the Chinese Newspaper Sing Tao Daily. Robin Mui was born in Hong Kong and came to the U.S. to pursue the American dream Robin joined Sing Tao Newspapers New York more than 35 years ago and has worked his way up from Production Manager in the 80s to Chief Executive Officer in 2004. Through his distinguished leadership, this media company leads the way in serving the Chinese immigrants, students but more importantly, the communities where they reside. Robin volunteered to serve as an Auxiliary Police Officer in the NYPD for more than 20 years. He helped the Brooklyn Robbery Squad in translating numerous cases during the 90's when there weren't many Chinese speaking officers. He raised money to sponsor NYPD personnel to travel to China, to open up dialect between both countries' police departments in solving international kidnapping cases. Through his civic-mind, positive beliefs, and persistence, Robin has been devoted to supporting countless events and fundraisers for the purpose of enriching the culture of the Asian Communities and other communities that need the support during their time of need such as the aftermath of the devastation of September 11th attacks, the devastation by the Tsunamis throughout Southeast Asia in 2004, Hurricane Katrina, in Louisiana in 2005 the Sichuan Earthquake in 2008, the Haiti Earthquake in 2010. He is the President of the Chinese Journalists' Association of New York; the President of the Moy Shee Family Association for the seventh term and currently is the World President Robin resides in New York City, and is the CEO of Sing Tao Daily Newspaper for the U.S.A. Eastern Editions, which oversees its publications for New York Tri-State, Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago and was recently promoted to CEO of the Sing Tao Daily in Europe offices well deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
On our local front, Our member has served the Law Enforcement Community in various ways, leading to being awarded the Asian Jade Society Lifetime Community Service Awardee, The Westside Rifle & Pistol Range Having served the New York metropolitan area since 1964, has evolved into a full service shooting range that caters to a variety of shooters. Darren Leung came to work at the Westside Rifle & Pistol Range in 1989, became a partner in 1994 and took full control of operation of the range in 2009.He has dedicated himself to serving both the civilian and law enforcement communities. Every year, the Westside Rifle & Pistol Range hosts the Annual Turkey Shoot competition between the members of the Asian Jade Society and the Society of Asian Federal Officers. Born and raised in NYC, Darren lives in Queens with his wife of 11 years, Wai and their two children, Samantha and Christopher. Darren, has and will always continue to support and avail himself to our friends and families in law enforcement earning him our affection and praise as we honor him for the Lifetime Community Service Award
Our Final Honoree is no stranger to those with at least 20 years on the job and definitely not a stranger to the Law Enforcement Community. He is a person of integrity and great vision. He has led numerous departments with some departments, taking the helm when moral was at its lowest and public opinion against them was at its highest. He has guided some of these Departments out of misery and Federal oversight. He has empowered the men and women of those Departments to be aggressive in combating crime from patrol officer to chief And at the same time, be cognizant and understanding of the communities they serve, to be objective and fair, discretion with firmness. Community Policing was not just a job for a few, but a job for all. He was able to change a culture of passive reactive policing to one of proactive preventive policing. Where crimes big or small were all relevant. His affection for the patrolman is not a myth, but a reality, A simple comment of “My biggest problem in this Department is that my COPS are unhappy at work” “If they are unhappy at work, they are unhappy at home” That lone statement speaks volumes for the rank and file. It speaks of a leader that has been in the trenches, that remembers what it was like to stand the thin blue line. For his efforts in the over 20 years of law enforcement, supervisory and field work The Asian Jade Society is honored to To have as their man of the Year Police Commissioner William J. Bratton.
God bless America, God Bless You, God Bless the NYPD, Gung Hay Fat Choy - Enjoy the Evening, Thank You.