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Student Profile: Chun Fu Su

Public Policy master's student in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

December 23, 2020
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I am a life-long gamer. Growing up in the 90s, I witnessed the rise of Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft Xbox. In a way, I have a deep, practical, and lived experience of a gamer-nerd.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

Harbour Center Downtown is the ideal location for lunch after an intense morning of learning. Although, I have not stepped outside my room for a while since the pandemic.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.

I am researching the psychological and developmental harms resulting from the gamble-like mechanism in video games. In particular, I aim to explore public policy options that would limit underaged gamers' exposure to loot boxes in video games.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

For all my life, my parents always say playing video games is a waste of life. Now, video games are a $120 billion industry that towers over the Hollywood movie industry.  I am here to leverage my video game knowledge to earn a Master's degree.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR FUNDED AWARDS?

I received the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship for my video game research. The funding has an enormous impact as researching all the video games require substantive financial resource. The award allows me to focus on translating practical research into scholarly work.

DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM TO THOSE WHO ARE SEARCHING.

The School of Public Policy is truly a multi-disciplinary program that allows true freedom for students to research their area of interest. No other place offers the calibre of faculty that are talented and curious about a niche, but an important, area of the policy area.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?

My email is ricky_su@sfu.ca
Let's play some video games together.

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