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Michelle n Micheal <mhe01@ATTCANADA.NET>
Re: Congratulations to Dr. Kin-Yip Chun
This is truly a REMARKABLE news to ALL OF US - although no one is naive
enough to believe that winning this battle will lead to a historical turning
point after that minorities can be treated equally at U of T, or anywhere
else in this country, the strong message this cases brings will remain and
will become a tremendous encouragement for all us, that is: You don't get
what you deserve, you get what you fight for !
Congratulations, Dr. Chun - You made it !!!!
Congratulations, FCSPC/CSSA, and everyone involved - Your hard work
finally paid off !! Keep it up !!
Together you've proved this : "THERE'RE NO LOSERS, ONLY QUITTERS !!"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Weidong Pei" <w.pei@UTORONTO.CA>
Sent: Sunday, September 10, 2000 4:28 PM
Subject: Congratulations to Dr. Kin-Yip Chun
Dear FCSPC/CSSA members,
Please join me to congratulate Dr. Kin-Yip Chun for his success of
6-year long battle for human justice and dignity against University of
Toronto's systemic racism and unfair hiring practices at the university.
We, the Federation of Chinese Students and Professionals in Canada
(FCSPC) welcome University of Toronto's wise decision to grant Dr.
Chun's a faculty position and a research fund of $260,000 for his
continuous pursuit of his academic career at the university.
On behalf of FCSPC, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank
everyone who has been supportive to Dr. Chun's battle, especially
University of Toronto Chinese Students and Scholar Association (UTCSSA).
If you want to learn more about Dr. Chun's case, please go to Committee
in Support of Justice for Dr. Chun's website at
1110-35 Charles St W
Toronto ON M4Y 1R6
About Dr. Chun's case
Dr. Kin-Yip Chun served for ten years in the Department of Physics at
the University of Toronto. While his initial appointment
in 1985 was that of Research Associate, from the outset he carried out
all the research, teaching and administrative duties of a
professor, was the acknowledged leader of the research program in
nuclear test ban verification, and the sole academic staff
member responsible for leading teaching and research programs in
earthquake seismology. His duties and accomplishments
were later recognized by an appointment as Assistant Professor, and Full
Member of the Graduate Faculty.
Dr. Chun has been one of Canada's most productive geophysicists, with 26
research publications in internationally prestigious
journals and over 1.4 million dollars in research grants; more than most
geophysicists are awarded in a lifetime. Despite his
record of achievements, Dr. Chun was passed over four times in
tenure-stream competitions. In 1992 the Physics Department
refused routine approval for Dr. Chun's grant applications, effectively
halting his career. In 1994, Dr. Chun's labs were shut
down and he was evicted by campus police with only three hours notice!
For such a serious act, the University never offered,
and is apparently unable to provide, an explanation.
In 1994, the University's own appointed investigator for the case, Dr.
Cecil Yip, stated that Dr. Chun "...acted and has been
treated like a professoriate in spite of the fact he has derived his
salary support entirely from his own external research
contracts. And he has served the Department and the University well in
this capacity." Further, "...it is certainly justified for Dr.
Chun to feel...he is being penalized for good performance," and
"In my judgment Dr. Chun has been exploited by the
Widespread Support for
The Ontario Human Rights Commission has deemed Dr. Chun's case
"significant" and is planning "a full-scale investigation",
rejecting the University's request that they drop the case.
The Canadian Association of University Teacher's (CAUT) fact-finding
team concluded that the University "benefited from
[Dr. Chun's] services...as a faculty member without according [him] the
security and just cause protection of a tenure-track
position." Regarding the allegations of racial or ethnic discrimination,
the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee was "of
the view that the Yip report does not close the book on the issue."
The University of Toronto Faculty Association:
First, which is evident from the report produced by
Professor (Cecil) Yip
(of the one-member panel unilaterally appointed by
the University of
Toronto administration) is that a series of failures
of process lead to
unfortunate treatment of Dr. Chun in the 1987
competition. This was compounded in the 
competition by what
was clearly short notice of a seminar presentation...
clearly erred in its treatment of him.
The unfair treatment [of Dr. Chun] has taken place
over the past ten
years; it has been egregious on several occasions,
and it continues until
the present day... we are concerned that the
University of Toronto ensure
just and honorable treatment of all of its
employees... [In the Dr. Chun
case] the University has severely failed.
Dr. Chun has campaigned on his own behalf and gained support from many
organizations, including the Federation of Chinese Students and
Professionals in Canada, American Association
for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Sciences, the
Committee of Concerned Scientists
Incorporated, the American Physical Society, the Canadian Association of
Physicists, and the Overseas Chinese Physics
The Committee in Support of Justice for Dr. Chun , a support group
consisting of faculty, staff, students and community
members at U of T, has been actively campaigning to hold the University
accountable for it's treatment of Dr. Chun and it's
subsequent handling of the case. The Committee hopes that Dr. Chun's
case will be the beginning of an open dialogue about
issues of systemic racism and unfair hiring practices at the university.
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