The accidental Asian: notes of a native speaker
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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Review: The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native SpeakerUser Review - Dawn Trlak-Donahue - Goodreads
In theory, this seemed like a book I would really like-memoir, multi-cultural, etc. However, I really did not enjoy it much at all. I think the author made some good points about culture and heritage ... Read full review
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One of few books that interrogates the notion of being "Asian American" versus embracing a specific ethnicity within the spectrum of "Asian," this is told from the perspective of a male American-Born ... Read full review
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