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Authors & Asia: Eric Liu, A Chinaman's Chance

Chinaman's Chance
'A Chinaman's Chance' U.S. cover image. (Pauline Brown/Public Affairs New York)

"A Chinaman’s Chance is a mesmerizing collage of childhood memories and contemporary reflections that compare and contrast China and America, and the Chinese and American Dreams.” — The Wall Street Journal

"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


In many ways, Chinese Americans today are exemplars of the American Dream. However, this narrative obscures too much: the Chinese Americans still left behind, the erosion of the American Dream itself, and the anxiety generated now by China’s rise.

Presidential speechwriter Eric Liu traces his family’s history, culture, and future in this insightful presentation based on his book A Chinaman’s Chance. Provocative, playful, and thoughtful, Liu explores identity, family, nationalism, and the fate of the American dream. Award-winning Houston author Claudia Kolker hosts this engaging program.

Following the program, Eric Liu will visit with guests and sign books. Brazos Bookstore will sell A Chinaman’s Chance on site, and copies can be reserved in advance through their website for pickup at the event.


About Eric Liu

Xiaolu GuoEric 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). Liu served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is a correspondent for the Atlantic and a columnist for CNN.com and lives in Seattle with his family.


About Claudia Kolker

Claudia Kolker is an award-winning journalist who has reported from Mexico, El Salvador, the Caribbean, Japan, and India. A former Los Angeles Times bureau chief and former member of the Houston Chronicle editorial board, she has also written for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Economist, O: The Oprah Magazine, Slate, and Salon. She lives in Houston with her family.



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Interview: Eric Liu on the Chinese American Dream and 'Hybrid' Identity


Asia Society Texas Center is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Presented in partnership with Brazos Bookstore.

Program Sponsors

City of HoustonHouston Arts AllianceBank of America

Presenting Partner

Brazos Bookstore


Event Details

Tue 2 Dec 2014

1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004

$15 Member, $25 Nonmembers. All sales final.
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