Today’s Chinese Americans have come a long way since their first wave of immigration and indentured servitude, but China’s status as a rising power could have an impact on what it means to be a modern Chinese American. Citizen University’s Eric Liu explores this subject, weaving together personal story, 21st Century reflection, and the intertwined histories of these two countries. A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream is “equal parts contemplative and provocative” (Wall Street Journal). From his daughter’s struggle with her Chinese inheritance, to his own identity as a public figure, Liu’s contemplative look at the “American Dream” encompasses questions of ethnicity, nationalism, struggle, and success. A columnist for TIME and The Atlantic, Liu is also the author of The Accidental Asian.
Presented by: Town Hall, Citizen University, and Elliott Bay Book Company, as part of the Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW.
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