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A Chinaman's chance : one family's journey and the Chinese American dream

Liu, Eric (Author).

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  • ISBN: 1610391950 (e-book)
  • ISBN: 9781610391955 (e-book)
  • ISBN: 1610391942 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 9781610391948 (hardback)
  • Physical Description: viii, 230 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2014.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.: "From Tony Hsieh to Amy Chua to Jeremy Lin, Chinese Americans are now arriving at the highest levels of American business, civic life, and culture. But what makes this story of immigrant ascent unique is that Chinese Americans are emerging at just the same moment when China has emerged - and indeed may displace America - at the center of the global scene. What does it mean to be Chinese American in this moment? And how does exploring that question alter our notions of just what an American is and will be? In many ways, Chinese Americans today are exemplars of the American Dream: during a crowded century and a half, this community has gone from indentured servitude, second-class status and outright exclusion to economic and social integration and achievement. But this narrative obscures too much: the Chinese Americans still left behind, the erosion of the American Dream in general, the emergence--perhaps--of a Chinese Dream, and how other Americans will look at their countrymen of Chinese descent if China and America ever become adversaries. As Chinese Americans reconcile competing beliefs about what constitutes success, virtue, power, and purpose, they hold a mirror up to their country in a time of deep flux. In searching, often personal essays that range from the meaning of Confucius to the role of Chinese Americans in shaping how we read the Constitution to why he hates the hyphen in "Chinese-American," Eric Liu pieces together a sense of the Chinese American identity in these auspicious years for both countries. He considers his own public career in American media and government; his daughter's efforts to hold and release aspects of her Chinese inheritance; and the still-recent history that made anyone Chinese in America seem foreign and disloyal until proven otherwise. Provocative, often playful but always thoughtful, Liu breaks down his vast subject into bite-sized chunks, along the way providing insights into universal matters: identity, nationalism, family, and more. "--

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2014 June #1
    China's growing dominance as a world power raises a litany of questions for Chinese Americans. In this provocative book, Liu, once a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, effortlessly connects his personal experience to larger historical and cultural trends. With insight and some humor, he presents the search of ABCs—American-born Chinese, like him—for their place between immigrant parents and their own children. These elegant essays contain at their core a passionate, well-reasoned argument for the value of both cultures from which Chinese Americans come and an appreciation of the unique blend that results. His own family's success, which was largely realized only after they returned to Taiwan, highlights the experience of immigrants pursuing American opportunity. From the courtroom to the TV set, Liu looks at how the Chinese American struggle for equality has played out. Pulling from a wealth of writing on the subject, Liu has created the go-to source for anyone interested in the place Chinese Americans have had, currently have, and are pursuing in the U.S. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Eric Liu is founder and CEO of Citizen University. His books include The Accidental Asian, a New York Times Notable Book; Guiding Lights, the official book of National Mentoring Month; and The Gardens of Democracy (coauthored with Nick Hanauer). Eric served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is a correspondent for the Atlantic and a columnist for and lives in Seattle with his family. Follow him on Twitter @ericpliu.

Subject: Liu, Eric
Chinese Americans Biography
Chinese Americans Ethnic identity
Chinese Americans Cultural assimilation
Children of immigrants United States Biography
Parent and child United States
Chinese Americans Languages
United States Race relations
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
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