Born in Melbourne to an Australian father and Korean mother, Hung and his family moved to England very early in his life. His father working as a camera operator, and his mother as a correspondent for Korean news, Hung quickly became interested in journalism before he even left high school. Once 18, Hung went to Bath university to study a degree in journalism, hoping to go back to Australia to work for a new team there. However, once graduating, he was offered a place as a junior war correspondent at the BBC. Realising this was too good to refuse, he accepted and was quickly sent to Iraq to capture footage of the Iraqi insurgency. Proving not only his talent for journalism, but also his lack of fear in a war zone, Hung was appointed war correspondent in Ukraine not 2 years after leaving Iraq. embedded in a branch of the Ukrainian military and with own camera crew, Hung saw much of the fighting throughout the early conflict, before being informed he was being sent directly to Mosul, which had just been recaptured from ISIS. On his way there, stopping at Chenarus for fuel, the outbreak hit in full force, leaving him stranded in an unfamiliar country with just his cameraman and his suitcase.