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A thought-provoking and sensitive exploration of what Chineseness means." , Financial Times "Liu's ability to so neatly capture the complexities of cultural identity on both deeply personal and more global levels is what makes this book shine. . . . [H]e guides us to see just how our everyday views of'they' and'I' are formed . . . and how they change." , Seattle Times Eric Liu brilliantly mines the history and experiences of Chinese Americans to draw insights into the current relationship between China and America, and to chart a course for the future. Whip-smart, enlightening, and always entertaining, Liu blends the personal and the socio-political to explore how we as Americans see the world, and each other." ,David Henry Hwang, Tony award-winning playwright of M. Butterfly When Chinese immigrants first came to the United States in large numbers, they were consigned to the most thankless tasks and roles in society. Thus was born the phrase, a Chinaman's chance"- meaning no chance at all. But today Chinese Americans embody a more complicated narrative about opportunity. In this searching, wide-ranging book, Eric Liu traces his family's history, culture, and future, and in so doing pieces together a sense of Chinese American identity,and, indeed, American identity itself. Provocative, often playful, always thoughtful, Liu considers the meaning of Confucius in modern life the unseen role of Chinese Americans in shaping how we read the Constitution, and the made-in-the-USA notion of Tiger parenting. This book is deeply personal yet provides insights into universal matters: identity, family, and the fate of the American idea.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781610396301
ISBN-10: 1610396308
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 23-Feb-2016
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Eric Liu

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, a columnist for CNN.com, and lives in Seattle with his family. Follow him on Twitter @ericpliu.

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