Ryan Sun, an undergraduate student in the Department of History, was awarded a U of T Libraries Undergraduate Prize. The prize recognizes undergraduate student work that shows an innovative use of information sources to develop the student’s understanding of what it means to be “information literate” in the 21st century. Ryan was one of six students to win the $1000 prize.
Working with Professor Doris Bergen on an independent study, Ryan submitted an essay examining the Jewish refugee migration in Hong Kong between 1937 and 1947. Comparing their experiences with those of British and Chinese refugees, Ryan looked at their treatment by local communities and the government.
In the fall, Ryan will continue to develop his work on Jewish refugees in Hong Kong as he enters the Master’s in History Program at the University of British Columbia. His research focus will shift to the daily lives of Jewish refugees in Hong Kong while they awaited transportation in the post-1945 period. Ryan says he feels well prepared for this next step, and credits the faculty in U of T's Department of History for being “great teachers” who were willing to work with him to help build his research and writing skills.
We wish Ryan continued luck in his studies!