Distinguished Asian Americans: A Biographical Dictionary

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PAULL HOBOM SHIN

(1935–)

Politician, Educator

The embodiment of the personal worth and success that come from hard work, discipline, and personal sacrifice, Paull Shin’s life is the inspirational story of one man’s determination to achieve the American Dream. Even though the United States is his adopted homeland, it is where Shin has built his life and found success.

Paull Shin was born in Seoul, Korea, in 1935. Abandoned as a four-year-old, he grew up as a street urchin, fending for himself on the streets of Seoul. When the Korean War erupted in 1950 he worked as a houseboy for U.S. military officers. An American dentist, Dr. Ray Paull, adopted Shin and brought him to the United States at the age of eighteen. In respect and deference to him, he assumed Dr. Paull’s last name as his first. Shin had very little formal education when he arrived in America. Yet through his adoptive parents he was able to find a loving home, acceptance, and an education. Shin earned his high school diploma by studying for the GED (general equivalency diploma) test. The exercise in self-directed education prompted him to prepare himself for a test of even greater significance in his young life: the opportunity to become a citizen of the United States. Shortly after taking his oath of citizenship, Shin served for two years in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany.

Upon his return Shin pursued higher education with renewed zeal, earning a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, a Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Convinced that education is the cornerstone of personal success and fulfillment, Shin embarked on a teaching career that led him from teaching at Brigham Young University to the University of Maryland, to a professorship at Shoreline Community College in Seattle, Washington. There he has cultivated the minds of students of all ages for over two decades.

Mindful that the best educators are those who balance the pursuits of academia with the challenges of the real world, Shin immersed himself in the affairs of business. He presently serves as chairman of the board for TTI, a long-distance telecommunications company. As his expertise in international business grew, Shin sought to apply his knowledge and skills to a matter close to his heart: providing economic opportunities for

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  • Preface i
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction xiii
  • Kyutaro Abiko 1
  • John Fugue Aiso 15
  • Chang Apana 18
  • Thang Nguyen Barrett 28
  • Benjamin J. Cayetano 37
  • Boona Cheema 52
  • Nna Chen Chennault 55
  • Connie Chung 76
  • Victoria Manalo Draves 89
  • Bobby Enriquez 94
  • March Fong Eu 97
  • Soon Hyun 130
  • Lawson Fusao Inada 134
  • Maxine Hong Kingston 164
  • Michelle Kwan 172
  • Genevieve (Genny) Lim 192
  • John Keun Lim 196
  • Daniel S. C. Liu 200
  • Benjamin Menor 238
  • Patsy Takemoto Mink 246
  • Hiroshi H. Miyamura 252
  • Ronald Tai Young Moon 256
  • Toshio Mori 258
  • Josie Cruz Natori 262
  • Isamu Noguchi 266
  • Soon Tek Oh 270
  • Vincent H. Okamoto 273
  • James Matsumoto Omura 278
  • Safi U. Qureshy 295
  • Robert Santos 310
  • George Shima 316
  • Paull Hobom Shin 318
  • Sichan Siv 322
  • Stanley Sue 328
  • Amy Tan 335
  • Togo William Tanaka 337
  • Chang Lin Tien 339
  • Edison Uno 343
  • Charles B. Wang 345
  • Jade Snow Wong 355
  • Appendix A - Fields of Professional Activity 373
  • Appendix B - Ethnic Subgroups 389
  • Index 395
  • Editors 429
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