CIE/USA-SF 2015 Technology and Humanity Award 

05 Joyce Hsu

Ms. Joyce Hsu (沈悅)

Born in China, Joyce grew up in Hong Kong and Taiwan. After graduating from the National Taiwan University, she came to California in 1965 to pursue her graduate studies in biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology. Subsequent to that she worked for 11 years at research labs at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. She is married to Ta-lin Hsu and they have three children.

In 1974 she founded the South Bay Chinese School, which later became Silicon Valley Chinese School (矽谷中文學校), her first involvement with public services. Later she served on the board of the Cross-cultural Community Services Center (博愛文化服務中心), American Cancer Society’s California Chinese Unit, San Jose Repertory Theatre and more recently Asian Art Museum in S.F. She now serves on the advisory board of the New Hope Chinese Cancer Care Foundation (新希望華人癌症關懷基金會), www.newhopecancer.org.

After being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 1996, Joyce became actively involved with the work of supporting new patients and those who suffer the recurrence of the disease, and in enhancing cancer awareness among the Chinese communities both here and abroad. She is currently the honorary chair of Global Chinese Breast Cancer Organizations Alliance, www.gcbcoa.org.

Though educated as a biochemist, Joyce has always harbored a strong interest in live theatre. In 1996, facing cancer and chemo therapy, her dream of being a playwright had suddenly added on a great deal of urgency. In fact, her first work, “誰是贏家?”, was written and produced that very same year. It was soon followed by “今生有約”, “西施與夫差”, “戀愛一籮筐”, “陰錯陽差”, “換個老婆太麻煩”, “領帶 vs. 高跟鞋”. In 2011, on the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of China, her historical drama “飛越世紀” showcased in San Jose. All her original works were written in Chinese and premiered in California. Four were later adopted by professional theater groups in Shanghai and taken on tour in many other cities. Her play “西施與夫差” was adapted and transformed into a musical and performed at the Shanghai International Arts Festival in 2001.

In addition, she drew and published two cartoon books, “Laugh Along the Way” (笑果奇佳) and “The Best Medicine” (特笑藥), both as part of her effort in offering a humorous perspective on life’s serious medical situations. Tapping into her script writing skills, she also created numerous light comedy skits for cancer educational purposes. These and others are all collected in her website: www.joycehsu.us.

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