The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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Beyond black and white, native and alien, lies a vast and fertile field of human experience. It is here that Eric Liu, former speechwriter for President Clinton and noted political commentator, invites us to explore.

In these compellingly candid essays, Liu reflects on his life as a second-generation Chinese American and reveals the shifting frames of ethnic identity. Finding himself unable to read a Chinese memorial book about his father's life, he looks critically at the cost of his own assimilation. But he casts an equally questioning eye on the effort to sustain vast racial categories like “Asian American.” And as he surveys the rising anxiety about China's influence, Liu illuminates the space that Asians have always occupied in the American imagination. Reminiscent of the work of James Baldwin and its unwavering honesty, The Accidental Asian introduces a powerful and elegant voice into the discussion of what it means to be an American.


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User Review  - Susan Weiss - Goodreads

I liked the poem that was read at Liu's wedding: We release you. Our own fairy tale compels us. We will not ask you to realize our ambitions, To exact our revenges, to redeem our mistakes. Our hands are open. We give you our blessing. Go. Make yup your own story. Read full review

Review: The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker

User Review  - Susan Weiss - Goodreads

I liked the poem that was read at Liu's wedding: We release you. Our own fairy tale compels us. We will not ask you to realize our ambitions, To exact our revenges, to redeem our mistakes. Our hands are open. We give you our blessing. Go. Make yup your own story. Read full review

Contents

Song for l_ Fatlier
3
Notes 0f1l1iie Spe1ler
33
Tl1cAccidcntal Asian
57
The Chinatown Idea
85
Fear of a Yellow Planet
117
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175
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187
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About the author (2007)

Eric Liu is a fellow at the New America Foundation and a contributor to Slate and MSNBC. A former speechwriter for President Clinton, he founded The Next Progressive, an acclaimed journal of opinion, and edited the anthology Next: Young American Writers on the New Generation.


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