Sue-Jean Lee Suettinger

July 15, 2011

Dear Fellow Princetonians:

I write with sad news, to share with you the passing of Sue-Jean Lee Suettinger ’70, our courageous and inspirational leader of A4P. While I don’t have the words to express how much we will miss her or the pain of her loss that many are experiencing, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate and remember her countless contributions to our community.

As the board chair of the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P), Sue-Jean was wise, patient and kind. While she could see through to the heart of every matter, she always enabled everyone’s voice to be heard and led us gently to a consensus outcome – a valuable skill within a volunteer leadership organization. Sue-Jean had a bold vision of A4P’s role, and she was stalwart in her belief of why it is critical that our mission include both Asians and Asian Americans. She planted the seed for the idea that we could come together and both embrace and be embraced by Princeton and was just beginning to build interest in such a gathering.

I will miss Sue-Jean’s joyful optimism and her ability to see the best in each of us, and therefore enable our best selves to emerge. I continue to be so amazed by how she made the time to lead A4P while also looking after her beautiful family, pursuing her professional career, and engaging deeply with her church and community. Like so many of us, I am so grateful to have called her a friend, colleague and mentor.

As many of you know, Sue-Jean was one of only eight women in the very first class of graduating women at Princeton, who had transferred in from the critical languages program. Even in the midst of her battle with cancer, she made a final trip back to Princeton for the She Roars conference in April to reconnect with old friends and reach across the generations. Sue-Jean was also the very first female cast member of the Triangle Club, and photos from that period reveal a beautiful and spirited young woman who was charting new territory. In so many ways, she was a pioneer who served as an inspiration to us all.

After a heroic battle against acute myeloid leukemia, Sue-Jean died peacefully at her home on June 29, surrounded by her devoted husband Bob and her family. We extend our deepest sympathies and support to them, and will continue to hold dearly our joyful memories and the impact that Sue-Jean has left on us all.

With love,

April Chou ’96, on behalf of the Board of Governors
Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P)


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Reunions 2016
Saturday 9:00 AM

A4P Reunions Breakfast Panel: Asian American “Othering” and What to Do about It

Date: Sat., May 28th, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

President Chris Eisgruber '83 will be stopping by for a short time during the session.

Location: Chancellor Green, Rotunda

Please come a little before 9:00 a.m. to have breakfast and network. We have a full program: 9:00 a.m. - Award Presentations; 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Panel discussion; till 11:00 a.m. -Networking.

Join a lively, interactive discussion with our speakers whose lived experiences and professional research address diverse facets of historical and contemporary Asian American community. Our expert panelists are: Jenny Ungbha Korn '96, UIC race and media scholar and founder of the Thai American Student Organization at Princeton University; Ellen Pao '91, Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur; and Professor John Kuo Wei Tchen, visiting professor at Princeton, historian and founder of the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute at NYU and co-founder of the Museum of Chinese in America. Moderator: Evan Kratzer ’16, WWS concentrator and previously co-president of AASA and chair of its Asian American Studies Committee.

Our panelists will discuss how Asian Americans have been marginalized across wide areas of representation and how we may participate in diverse avenues for action to address processes of othering. We will engage audience members in the style of a town hall to consider Asian American community and activism. Please join us to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and enjoy an East Asian and South Asian breakfast.

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Sue-Jean Suettinger '70 (1948-2011)

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