Betty Lee Sung

Title: Professor Emerita
Company: City College of New York
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Betty Lee Sung, Professor Emerita at the City College of New York, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership.

At the age of 13, Dr. Sung followed her sister out of her home country to the United States. Their land had been invaded and had it not been for her sister, Dr. Sung would not have survived. In 1948, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Illinois, later going on to acquire an MLS from Queens College. By 1988, she had earned a Ph.D. from the City University Graduate Center of New York, though she was not done furthering her education. In 1996, Dr. Sung received a Doctor of Literature from the State University of New York at Westbury, which was followed by an honorary LLD as a testament to her success in 2006.

Currently, Dr. Sung excels as a professor emerita at the City College of New York. She is additionally the co-founder of the Asian American/Asian Research Institute. However, her greatest achievement was the publication of her first book, “Mountain of Gold.” This led to her appointment at the City College of New York and it preluded a number of books to come, establishing Dr. Sung as a prominent author. Throughout her career, she has written nine books. These include, “The Chinese in America,” “Album of Chinese Americans,” and “Chinese American Intermarriage.” Further, she has contributed to numerous articles for professional journals in her field.

One of Dr. Sung’s greatest career achievements was being the first individual to offer Asian-American studies in an institution of higher learning east of California. As a testament to her success, she has been abundantly awarded throughout her life by over 20 agencies. Most recently, in 2019, she was presented with the Lifetime of Scholarship Award from the 1882 Foundation of Chinese American Women in History Conference. She has additionally earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the State of New York Office of the Comptroller and the Association for Asian-American Studies. Earlier, in 2008, the Asian-American Cultural Center honored her with the Outstanding Asian-American Alumni Award. In 1998, she was named as the Pioneer Author and Educator by the Museum of Chinese Americans, alongside receiving the award for Outstanding Community Service from the Chinese American Academic and Professional Society. Though she acknowledges she is too old to contemplate new fields, Dr. Sung is excited to continue researching in her fields of expertise for as long as she can.

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