He decided he wanted to “live for myself,” and to “fight the Asian American stereotype,” and after graduating from Columbia University, he spent the next two years bartending.
Sun said he spent a long time grappling with his identity as an Asian American.
After his father’s death, Sun said he spent time working through what it meant to be Chinese American, and became more engaged in the Asian American community.
At Columbia, he served as the president of the Asian American Alliance, and went on to serve as the director for the East Coast Asian American student union.
Today, Sun describes himself as a staunch advocate of Asian American civil rights, over the years involving himself in issues centering on a range of issues, such as voter registration and immigrant rights.