Chun Yu

2020 YBCA 100 Honoree

Chun Yu is an award-winning, bilingual poet, graphic novelist, scientist, and translator. She is the author of Little Green: Growing Up During the Chinese Cultural Revolution (Simon & Schuster) and a historical graphic novel-in-progress (Macmillan). Little Green has won many awards and is taught in world history and culture classes. Her poetry has been published in the award-winning collection Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace; Boston Herald; Xinhua Daily; Konch; Poem of the Day (SFPL); and elsewhere. She is a recipient of two San Francisco Arts Commission grants for her poetry and graphic novel projects. Her project “Two Languages/One Community” with poet Michael Warr brings Chinese-American and African-American communities together through poetry and storytelling. Chun holds a B.S. and M.S. from Peking University and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in biomaterials. She was a post-doctoral fellow in a Harvard-MIT joint program.