This millionaire entrepreneur becomes the Freedom Writers’ main benefactor. Inspired by the racial diversity in Ms. Gruwell’s class, he decides to support their various projects. While he is never given voice through a diary entry, he demonstrates his dedication to elevated ideals of justice and cooperation through his actions. He donates money for the Freedom Writers’ field trips, offers certain students jobs at his computer company, and donates the thirty-five computers with which the students type their diary entries anonymously. On multiple occasions, he demonstrates his love and care for Ms. Gruwell’s students directly, by listening to them attentively and making them feel that their voice matters.
John Tu Character Timeline in The Freedom Writers Diary
The timeline below shows where the character John Tu appears in The Freedom Writers Diary. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Entry 2: Ms. Gruwell
...students outside of the classroom, but explains that she has the support of a millionaire, John Tu , who has been impressed by Ms. Gruwell’s teaching strategies and past achievements. In the... (full context)
Part II: Diary 22
Part V: Diary 60
Entry 6: Ms. Gruwell
...of moral responsibility that Miep Gies described when talking about her involvement with Anne Frank. John Tu donates thirty-five computers to the class so that the entries can be completely anonymous, and... (full context)
Part VI: Diary 70
Part VIII: Diary 137
...that s/he increased her/his grade point enough to receive one. S/he describes her/his admiration for John Tu , who has inspired her/him to become an entrepreneur and give back to her/his community.... (full context)
...their own, where their actual voices could be heard. This process took years, but when John Tu decided to finance this project, they were able to produce Voices Unbound: The Stories of... (full context)