Nan Sussman, Associate Professor of Psychology at CSI, and two-time Fulbright award recipient, has recently returned from a tour of Asia, where she discussed her book Return Migration and Identity: A Global Phenomenon, a Hong Kong Case. Prof. Sussman, who has gained international recognition for her research regarding the psychological impact of Chinese return migration,has received enthusiastic media attention in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing for her book, which has also been nominated for an Asia Society Book Award.
Now that she has returned to the States, Sussman will discuss her book at a number of venues in the region, including The Leonard Lopate Show on WYNC (820 AM and 93.9 FM) on March 16 at noon; the Asia Society in Washington, DC on March 22 at 8:00pm; The Strand Book Store in Manhattan on April 11 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, where she will read passages from the book; and the CUNY Asian American/Asian Research Institute on April 29 at 6:30pm.
Katie Cumisky, Chairperson of the CSI Psychology Department commented,”The Psychology Department is so excited about the reception that her current book is getting and we plan to attend her reading/signing at The Strand.”
Sussman received a Fulbright grant in 2004 to interview 50 “re-emigrants,” people who moved from Hong Kong to Western countries and then returned, in order to gauge how they coped with the transition. “As a research psychologist, I am interested in understanding the process of cultural transitions and developing solutions to minimizing the distress associated with these transitions,” Sussman said in an earlier interview. “I am particularly interested in reverse culture shock, the process of returning to your home country, either by sojourners (teachers, students, business personnel, missionaries, etc) or immigrants, and the subsequent changes in identity.”
Sussman also taught Psychology 217: Psychology and Chinese Culture at Shanghai University in China last year, where she joined CUNY students to teach an intensive four-week Winter Session course on Chinese culture with a focus on psychological research.