Betty Lee Sung, PhD, has been Inducted into the Marquis Who’s Who Registry
SILVER SPRING, MD, September 01, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Betty Lee Sung, PhD, has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. Sung is an esteemed educator, activist, writer, and pioneer in the field of Asian American studies and the historiography of the Chinese diaspora in the United States. Defying both her father’s expectations of domesticity and the Confucian values with which she was raised, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Illinois in 1948, and continued her education with a focus on archiving and promoting the history of Chinese immigration and identity in early America. Dr. Sung subsequently obtained a Master of Library Science at Queens College, a part of the City University of New York system, in 1968, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Asian American studies from the City University Graduate Center of New York.
Credited with launching Asian American studies as a widespread area of academic focus, Dr. Sung’s 1967 book “Mountain of Gold: The Story of the Chinese in America” was among the first serious critical and theoretical examinations of the Chinese American identity. Following its publication and widespread praise, she was invited to teach at the City College of New York, with which she would eventually establish the school’s Asian American studies program, the first of its kind outside of California, in 1970. Dr. Sung remained with the City University of New York until 1992, founding the Asian American/Asian Research Institute and advancing to the chair of the department of Asian American Studies.
Since 1992, Dr. Sung has maintained her professor emerita status, and continues to speak and contribute to a number of projects, including a 1994 database of Chinese immigration records held in the National Archives at New York City. She followed “Mountain of Gold” with numerous papers, journal articles and well-received books, including “The Story of the Chinese in America” (Colliers, 1971), “Chinese in America (Macmillan, 1973), “Survey of Chinese Manpower and Employment” (Praeger, 1976), “Album of Chinese Americans” (Franklin Watts, 1977), “Statistical Profiles of the Chinese in the United States” (Arno Press, 1979), “Adjustment Experience of Chinese Immigrant Children in New York City” (Center for Migration Studies, 1987), “Chinese American Intermarriage” (Center for Migration Studies, 1990) and “Defiant Second Daughter, My First 90 Years (Advantage Media Group, 2015).
Throughout her career, Dr. Sung has been honored as a luminary in her specialty, and she has accrued accolades from the Organization of Chinese Americans, the American Library Association, the Asian American Higher Education Council, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Moreover, she was recognized with a 1996 honorary doctorate from the State University of New York at Old Westbury and an eponymous undergraduate scholarship administered through the Asian American/Asian Research Institute. She is proud to note that while maintaining her academic career, she was also able to raise eight wonderful children and manage the majority of household responsibilities. Dr. Sung remains active in many professional organizations, including the Cosmopolitan Lion’s Club, the Committee of 100 and the Organization of Chinese Americans, among others. . She was recognized in an exhibit at the Shanghai Government Exposition in 2011 and by the New York Historical Society in 2015-2016.
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