Yong, Mun

Yong mun

Department:  Cinema and Television Arts

Phone:  657-278-3399

Email: myong @fullerton.edu

Office: CP-650-248

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Degree:    BSc (Econ) Monetary Economics (London School of Economics)

MFA Film Production (University of Southern California)

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Born and raised in Singapore, Mun Chee took her first plane ride at the age of 18, landing in London where she would spend the next three years studying monetary economics at the London School of Economics on a scholarship while getting to know the world. She backpacked widely in Europe and in the Middle East, working on a goat farm where the sun never set, in a cable factory, at a dishwashing conveyor belt, on a kibbutz. She then returned to Singapore and got a job as a broadcast journalist, covering social and political stories in Asia.

She co-created Extraordinary People, winner of an Asian TV Award for Best Documentary Series. She directed a dozen episodes of television dramas, including another Asian TV Award winner, Growing Up, before moving to Los Angeles to study at the esteemed USC film school where she focused on directing and also cinematography. Her thesis short 9:30 won a
Directors Guild of America Student Film Award and screened at over 50 festivals worldwide, including Deauville, Edinburgh and Cannes’ “Tou Les Cinemas Du Monde”, winning a special jury award at SXSW. Where the Road Meets the Sun, her feature directorial
debut, won a Special Jury Award, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor at Worldfest Houston, as well as Best Ensemble Acting and Outstanding Cinematography at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. It was sold to Maya Entertainment and released theatrically in 2011 in the US.

Mun Chee is currently developing a couple of feature projects set in S. E. Asia and in China.