Dr. Arthur Fan published a few articles about Dr. Ju Gim Shek and Dr. Tin Yau So, the Fathers of Acupuncture education in the United States.
Here, I want to post an email from Mr. Kim Ju, son of Dr. Gim Shek Ju, with his permission.
I want to thank you for your article about my father. I found it interesting to say the least. I want to tell you that I often think of my father and miss him dearly. I am so sadden by a man who was so important yet was often alone with his thoughts. My recollections of him sitting for hours while writing Chinese proverbs and painting. He was not your typical father, but he understood me and left me to pursue my interest while not asking me to follow in his footsteps. The last time I saw my father, he was in bad health and lived with my wife and my family before he went to Hong Kong to be with my stepmother. My memories were of him being an extraordinary doctor. Yes doctor. I recall carrying a patient upstairs to our apartment and them walking under their own power down after treatment. I remember staying with him at the hotel, when he visited us and my mother in Hong Kong. I think I was spoiled. I have an indelible image of running to him as he greeted me at LAX in 1966 and then going to Helen Grace to have ice cream. I remember meeting Benny Benion, the legendary owner of the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Who I wish I had gotten to know more but had no idea who he was. Receiving a set of golf clubs from an executive of Northwestern golf clubs. He was a man who walked around Chinatown wear a cowboy hat, a big belt buckle and cowboy boots. I later learned that the buckle was a gift from a grateful rodeo rider he had helped in Texas. He was so proud to meet his grandson, Vincent for the first time over Dim Sum. He enjoyed life, but was humble to his patients. Telling them not to come back unless they needed to. He got me a loan from a bank when I was 18 for my car. My father taught me the importance of family and to get as close to them as you can. I am sure he wanted that for me. Being the only surviving son, I know he is happy that his name will continue through his Grand Children: Vincent Thomas Ju, Kim Ju Jr., Anthony Robert Ju and Great-grandsons Julian Kim Ju, Noah Anthony Ju and Thomas David Ju.
It is not important to validate or substantiate my father’s written legacy. To me and I am sure to my sisters, he was BA BA. For all he did or didn’t do, I still miss him and I loved him. It wasn’t something you say in Chinese culture. I didn’t get a chance to tell him that…