Eric Liu
Eric Liu

Eric Liu’s A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream combines personal essay, searching history, and provocative commentary on contemporary, politics, and culture.

In essays that range from the meaning of Confucius, to the role of Chinese Americans in shaping how we read the Constitution, to why he dislikes the hyphen in “Chinese-American,” Liu pieces together a sense of the Chinese American identity in these auspicious years for both countries.

Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University and the author of The Accidental Asian, Guiding Lights and The Gardens of Democracy. He served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton and as a trustee of The Seattle Public Library. Liu is a regular columnist for and a correspondent for

He will be giving a lecture at Central Library in the Microsoft Auditorium on Wednesday, October 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. and Chinese American Citizens Alliance. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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