Edna Chun

Profile Updated: May 12, 2016
Edna Chun
Residing In Hudson, OH USA
Spouse/Partner Dr. Jay Chun
Homepage ednachun.com
Occupation Diversity and HR
Children Alexander D. Chun
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Edna Chun has left an In Memory comment for Constance Powell Chin.
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Jun 12, 2021 at 12:50 PM

Dear friends,

How can I do justice in writing about Connie Powell Chin, a true adventurer, exuberant lover of life, and lifelong friend? I can hear her enthusiastic voice and her upbeat laugh! A highly perceptive individual yet also very unassuming, Connie was always interested in a new vantage point, willing to explore new horizons, open to new experiences. Just as an example, I still remember vividly when we were at Oberlin her detailed and enthusiastic description of the Gullah language in South Carolina where she had lived. Her intellectual curiosity and genuine appreciation for other cultures were apparent.Just think, her master's thesis was completed in 2012 at age 66 at San Jose State while working at Stanford! It is a brilliant and highly original work illustrated with maps titled "Georgraphy and Social Structure of Monasteries: Cultural Diffusion or Convergent Evolution?"
http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/etd_theses/4127/

Connie was a person of so many dimensions: teaching overseas in Hong Kong and then at Tunghai University where she met her husband, Ernest, and married on Yangmingshan. Learning foreign languages, playing the cello, always exploring. We spoke by phone before the Oberlin reunion and she told me she had cancer and wasn't sure if she would be well enough to travel. She was incredibly proud of her son, David Chin, who completed his Ph.D. at the University of California at Davis and landed a teaching job at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. https://www.umass.edu/sphhs/person/david-chin

Stanford University has created a writing prize in her honor:

https://ealc.stanford.edu/news/connie-chin-memorial-prize-writing-east-asian-studies-new-prize-created

When I spoke to her about the loss of my son, Alex, she shared with me a way to keep from breaking out into tears with a story that ended with, "Change the channel." Connie, always a brave and noble soul who is already greatly missed!

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May 15, 2021 at 3:15 PM

I am very sorry to learn of this. I had a wonderful conversation with Mark and his wife (I believe), catching up at our 50 year reunion lunch at Kendal. A wonderful person!

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Dec 17, 2020 at 2:28 PM

I am very sorry to learn of this. I had thought Gideon was doing much better. We were lucky to have him as our class president and will miss him greatly.

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Edna Chun has left an In Memory comment for Robert Plowman.
May 23, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Ralph, Thank you for posting this information about Bob Plowman. I had always wondered what had happened to him. It breaks my heart to learn of how he suffered and was treated. He was a bright light for me at Oberlin.

 

 

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Mark, it is great to learn of your impressive international work. You look pretty much the same!

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Dec 21, 2017 at 4:33 PM

Thank you, Paul, for sharing this with us. I am very sad to learn of this untimely loss.

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