Chyng Sun was born and raised in Taiwan, where she was a journalist for a daily newspaper and received numerous national awards for her books for children. After coming to Boston in 1989, Sun continued to write children’s books, including Square Beak, On a White Pebble Hill, Mama’s Bear, Cat and Cat-face, all published by Houghton Mifflin. Sun received master’s degrees in education (Syracuse University) and children’s literature (Simmons College, Boston) and a Ph.D. in communication (University of Massachusetts, Amherst). She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Media Studies (School of Continuing and Professional Studies) at New York University. Her research, teaching, and writing are centered on media representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and their cultural and social impacts. Since 2004, Sun’s research has focused on the production, content, and effects of pornography.She is currently the designer and leader for a multinational research team of a global project studying pornography users.
Sun is also a documentary filmmaker who, in collaboration with Miguel Picker, has produced and written four documentary films (read Picker’s bio HERE).