Born in Seoul at 1949, Professor Chun was educated at Seoul National University (obtaining a B.A. in Archeology and Anthropology and an M.A. in Anthropology) and at the University of Minnesota, obtaining his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1982. Professor Chin taught Seoul National University from 1982 until retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2014. He is currently a Distinguished Professor as the ASEAN Research Institute at Guizhou University, China.
Professor Chun has held Visiting Professor and Scholar positions at various universities in Japan and China, including: National Museum of Ethnology at Osaka (1997-1998), Tokyo University (2004-2005), Kyushu University (summer 2006 and winter 2007), Yunnan University (winter 2008), Yamaguchi University (winter 2010), Kagoshima University (winter 2013), Okinawa International University (summer 2014) and Kanagawa University (summer 2015). He has published articles and books about ‘History of Anthropology’, ‘Korean Culture’, ‘Colonialism and War’, and ‘Ecological Anthropology’, among other topics. At present he is writing papers on John F. Embree and the Nanjing Massacre.