Calvin Sun

Calvin Sun
Calvin Sun
New York, United States
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Join Jennifer Li from Map&Move and Calvin Sun from The Monsoon Diaries for a master class on travel secrets, tricks and tips. The event will be hosted in the home of yours truly, and we'll be fielding any questions you might have on safety, how to save on flights, scoring free nights at top tier hotel properties around the world, myths about visas, etc.

WHEN: Sat, May 16, 1PM
WHERE: Manhattan, NYC, we'll send you location details and confirmation once you've made a donation:)
WHO: Open to anyone with an interest in travel or adventure. Or just come to meet other awesome travel buddies over drinks and food. Setting will be casual. 

Can't make the event, but still want to donate? Great! We appreciate any contributions you can make.

Event will be on a first come, first serve basis and capped at 20 people.


Calvin D. Sun, MD writes in the 3rd person all the time & adores the ampersand. Born and raised in NYC, Dr. Sun received his B.A. in Biochemistry from Columbia University and his Doctorate in Medicine from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in 2014, graduating as Vice President and President of both his classes respectively. Calvin also was the founder of the Columbia University National Undergraduate Film Festival (CUNUFF) and served as the President of the Columbia University Asian American Alliance (AAA). During his presidency, AAA’s accomplishments were profiled on CNN and Sparknotes, and his organization was selected that year by AngryAsianMan and APAs for Progress as one of the “Top 10 Collegiate Organizations for AAPI Students” in the country. This led Calvin to be awarded the Leadership Legend title in 2008, Columbia University’s highest honor for university leadership. He and his work have been subsequently featured in Hyphen and Asiance Magazine.

In the media, Calvin was a host on MTVu’s hit show “The Freshmen” for 4 years and is an award winning independent filmmaker. He is known for his films on Asian American stereotypes and female body image, the last of which won the inaugural One to Watch Audience Award at the 2007 Asian American International Film Festival. His work on Asian American Beauty and Female Body Image has been published in various articles and books, the latest of which having been The American Beauty Industry Encyclopedia.

After his experience in the entertainment industry, Calvin founded The Monsoon Diaries ( in 2010: a popular blog and backpacking business that takes full-time students and young adults around the world with little time or money. The blog covers their adventures to over 60 countries in the past 5 years including building a free clinic in Tijuana and visiting places like North Korea, Iran, Chernobyl, Kashmir, Antarctica, Pakistan, Cuba, Venezuela, and Myanmar. The Monsoon Diaries has been featured multiple times on USA Today,, South Korea’s Yonghap News, Radio Freedom, CBC, and the Angel Clark Show. Some of his followers include Rachel Maddow and Gerard Butler.

When he isn’t globe-trotting, Calvin currently works as a full-time emergency doctor in NYC at 3 of the USA’s top 5 busiest Emergency Rooms. He also manages businesses in healthcare and real estate, recently stepped down from the Board of Directors after 10 years on the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU), the oldest and largest Asian American intercollegiate organization in the country, and serves as the President Emeritus of the Columbia College Young Alumni (CCYA). In his spare time Calvin cultivates a passion in hip hop choreography and South Asian dance while paying for medical school by working odd jobs as a part-time bartending instructor, research assistant, events promoter, and DJ. Since 20 years old Calvin has been invited to speak at over 100 high schools, universities, and conferences around the country, and continues to be one of the youngest public speakers in the Asian American speaking circuit.

Finally, Calvin is an expert in underwater fire prevention and rescuing small animals. Rumor has it that he performed a transurethal guided laser induced prostatectomy on a male squirrel with his bare feet all while doing pushups with one finger.



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