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A Chinaman's Chance: One Family's Journey and the Chinese American Dream
 
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A Chinaman's Chance: One Family's Journey and the Chinese American Dream [Format Kindle]

Eric Liu

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From Tony Hsieh to Amy Chua to Jeremy Lin, Chinese Americans are now arriving at the highest levels of American business, civic life, and culture. But what makes this story of immigrant ascent unique is that Chinese Americans are emerging at just the same moment when China has emerged - and indeed may displace America - at the center of the global scene. What does it mean to be Chinese American in this moment? And how does exploring that question alter our notions of just what an American is and will be?

In many ways, Chinese Americans today are exemplars of the American Dream: during a crowded century and a half, this community has gone from indentured servitude, second-class status and outright exclusion to economic and social integration and achievement. But this narrative obscures too much: the Chinese Americans still left behind, the erosion of the American Dream in general, the emergence—perhaps—of a Chinese Dream, and how other Americans will look at their countrymen of Chinese descent if China and America ever become adversaries. As Chinese Americans reconcile competing beliefs about what constitutes success, virtue, power, and purpose, they hold a mirror up to their country in a time of deep flux.

In searching, often personal essays that range from the meaning of Confucius to the role of Chinese Americans in shaping how we read the Constitution to why he hates the hyphen in "Chinese-American," Eric Liu pieces together a sense of the Chinese American identity in these auspicious years for both countries. He considers his own public career in American media and government; his daughter's efforts to hold and release aspects of her Chinese inheritance; and the still-recent history that made anyone Chinese in America seem foreign and disloyal until proven otherwise. Provocative, often playful but always thoughtful, Liu breaks down his vast subject into bite-sized chunks, along the way providing insights into universal matters: identity, nationalism, family, and more.


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Amazon.com: 4.8 étoiles sur 5  16 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A smart, compelling, mind-opening book 25 juillet 2014
Par Martha Brockenbrough - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I love Eric Liu's writing: insightful, incisive, unusually tuned in to nuances of words and their many meanings. That's what makes this book an utterly fascinating read and timely on many fronts. If you're interested in immigration, in racial and cultural identity, and in understanding what it is to be American through a refreshing and sharply focused lens, this book is for you.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A poignant reflection on personal and collective identities and responsibilities — and the impact on American society 28 juillet 2014
Par Samson Lim - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Whether you personally identify as Chinese, Chinese American, or any other type of American, this book is a must read if you care about your community, if you care about creating better futures for all, if you care about what it means to be an American. It's a rare feat to be able to seamlessly tie in classical history with pop culture, to weave a personal journey of self-reflection with the broader fabric of societal evolution, while masterfully teasing out the nuances of this thing we call identity. To no one's surprise, Eric Liu does it beautifully in A Chinaman's Chance, guiding us impressively through a pseudo-memoir and playbook for true citizenship. So, please do yourself — and this wonderful country so many of us call home — a favor, and read this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This most thought-provoking and unusual memoir is much more than ... 14 novembre 2014
Par Gerard Cornuejols - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This most thought-provoking and unusual memoir is much more than the story of a man born in the US to parents who emigrated from China by way of Taiwan. He examines what is "Chinese" and what is "American" about himself. In doing so, he puts his family's story into a broad and evolving historic and cultural context of China and America. The different threads he weaves into his story are fascinating, bring out broad discussion and questioning, inspire introspection. These different themes make the structure of the book unusual and intriguing. The structure is freeing because it allows him to move beyond "events" in his life to ponder the "why" and "how" of his story in ways that resonate beyond the Chinese American experience.

Here are a few examples. He was a speech-writer for Clinton, and he looks at the effect Chinese language had on the way he formulates thought or writes in English. He looks at his inspirations since childhood, what is expected of him, and what he expects of himself, and how they combine Chinese and American cultures. He skillfully inserts references to many books and studies that examine acculturation, racism, language, family life, etc. This broadens his narrative and introspection in a way that is relevant to anyone's sense of identity. He looks at himself, his parents and uncles, his own daughter, and even his grandmothers (4 generations of his family) through the lens of opportunities accessible or inaccessible and how that has changed in the US and in Taiwan over the decades. In America, he is subject not only to the continued racism and "other-ness" with which Chinese Americans are treated, but he is also heir to progress that Chinese Americans struggled to secure. He profiles Chinese Americans who pushed for rights in the 19th and 20th centuries, fascinating people I never heard of. He summarizes pivotal law suits--I didn't know that it was the law suit of a Chinese-American that firmly established that you are a US citizen if you are born here. The man in question was born here before the Chinese Exclusion Act in the 19th century. When he came back from visiting relatives in China, he was denied entry under the Chinese Exclusion Act. He challenged it and eventually won.

Eric Liu examines English language and how it changes who he is if he is "Chinese American" vs. "Chinese-American" vs. (Chinese) American, etc. His deep sense of being American and cherishing this country weaves through the book, and is evident in an unexpected observation he makes at the end. Despite all the issues about his "other-ness" in the US, that "other-ness" arises because America is a country where "others" can actually be Americans. As he says, the US makes "Chinese Americans," but China does not make "American Chinese."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I am Singapore Chinese and so love the book 8 novembre 2014
Par Kwong Chew - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am Singapore Chinese and so love the book! I think this so appropriate for all Asians who may be searching to understand their make up. Eric's deeper understanding of Chinese(albeit Taiwanese only) culture, literature and history fills in many of the gaps I've experienced. To my reading, this book goes beyond self identity. It shows the corelation between expectation, environment, role models and fulfilment. Though a small book, it beautifully and intellectually covers as much as books 5 times it's thickness, he is that good, IMO. His interview got me interested in his book and I am happier for it.
http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/live_at_politics/2014/07/eric_liu_discusses_his_new_book_a_chinaman_s_chance.html

This is definitely a book to be reread/studied every few years.
I have copies waiting for my 2 sons when they are ready!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very timely and helpful 29 octobre 2014
Par Y. Wei - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Having read Eric Liu's "The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker" which he wrote some 7 years ago, it is clear that Eric Liu has since discovered and associated with much more time-tested Asian/Chinese values. Even his mother has done similar thing by rediscovering and learning traditional Eastern philosophy that were trashed in China in the past 100 years. I also hoped that some of the positive traditional values of the Eastern cultures will gradually be appreciated by and adopted general public in the West, and vice versa, to further strengthen and grow the economy and society, and to facilitate global collaboration.
The book could be a little more concise, so I would give 5-star without any hesitation.
Thanks Eric for writing such a very helpful book.
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