Notable Residents

Betty Lee Sung

Re-creating the hundred years of the Chinese in the United States, the book, Mountain of Gold offers a candid and perceptive analysis - one for which, for the first time, the Chinese emerge from behind the screen of myth and silence that has long obscured the true image of their participation in American life.

Betty Lee Sung, the author, is American-born. She lived in China for five years, and has made five trips to the Far East and one around the world. She speaks three Chinese dialects, and for five years wrote a special program on the Chinese in the United States for Voice of America.

Betty Lee Sung, Professor Emerita, City College of NY, Former Chair, Dept of Asian Studies. Author of seven books on Chinese Americans. Founder: Asian American/Asian Research Institute, City University of NY. Member of the prestigious Committee of 100 (outstanding Chinese Americans) Former librarian at Douglaston-Little Neck Branch, Queens Borough Public Library.

Tina Sung, daughter of Betty Lee Sung, now CEO and president of American Society for Training and Development, was recently (Nov. 2002) invited by President Vicente Fox to address forum of several hundred government officials on e-learning. Tina spent several years with Vice President Al Gore's project on the National Partnership for Reinventing Government. She was also executive director of Federal Quality Consulting Group and a senior examiner for Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Awards for corporations.

Mrs. Sung and her family lived at 41-08 243rd Street (Orient Avenue) in Douglaston from 1963 to 1985, diagonally across from where the African Methodist Church stood.

Betty Lee Sung has published the following works:

  • Mountain of Gold, MacMillan, 1967
  • The Chinese in America, MacMillan, 1972
  • An Album of Chinese Americans, Franklin Watts, 1977
  • Chinese American Intermarriage, Center for Migration Studies, 1990
  • Transplanted Chinese Children, City College, NY, 1979
  • The Story of Chinese in America, Collier Books, 1967
  • Chinese American Manpower & Employment, City College, NY, 1975