Eric Liu: A Chinaman’s Chance

ChinamansChanceEric Liu served as a speech writer and policy advisor during Bill Clinton’s administration, and is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, which teaches “the art of powerful citizenship”. Based out of Seattle, he has also published books on Asian American identity, including The Accidental Asian. His recently book, A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream, tells the story of Chinese American history as well as Eric Liu’s family’s history in the United States. The book is delightful and a passionate call to action for responsible citizenship.

EricLiuI had the opportunity to chat with Eric Liu, by phone, about what citizenship really means. I should also mention that we had this conversation in the wake of the grand jury decision to not indict Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed Black teenager, Michael Brown. An abbreviated version of this interview aired on APA Compass during KBOO Community Radio’s mini membership drive. This podcast is the longer version in which we also geek out about our love of language and the incredible undertaking of passing down an entire culture to our next generation.

I was thrilled to have this interview – check out the podcast!

Air Date: 12/5/2014: