Chun Yi Sum
PART TIME FACULTY
INSTITUTE FOR LIBERAL ARTS & INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
B.A. Washington & Lee University
M.A. Boston University
Chun-Yi Sum is a cultural anthropologist with particular research interests in youth, education, nationalism, and civil society. Trained in both anthropology and sociology, Chun-Yi has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in universities and elementary schools in the People's Republic of China, as well as in Chinese immigrants' communities in the United States. She is currently writing her dissertation on volunteerism and civic consciousness among college students in South China, which analyzes how on-campus associational experiences affect young people's moral worldviews when they unwittingly disempower idealistic students from making sustainable and meaningful social contributions. Chun-Yi has been the recipient of paper awards from the Southern Anthropological Society and the Society for East Asian Anthropology. Prior to joining the adjunct faculty here at Emerson in the Fall of 2014, Chun-Yi has previously taught at Boston University. Chun-Yi is also a freelance columnist. She wrote for the Hong Kong Economic Journal and the MingPao Newspaper in Hong Kong.