Poughkeepsie, New York
|Occupation||author, educator, strategist, journalist|
Life and career
He was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, to Chinese parents who immigrated from Taiwan. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School and is a current lecturer at University of Washington. Liu served as a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the president's deputy domestic policy adviser. He was also an executive at RealNetworks.
Liu is founder of Citizen University, which brings together leaders, activists and practitioners to teach the art of effective and creative citizenship. He is also the co-founder of The True Patriot Network, a political action tank framed upon the ideas he and Nick Hanauer presented in their 2007 book, The True Patriot. The authors define true patriotism as country above self and explain how patriotism is lived every day in service to others, stewardship of resources, shared sacrifice, and other progressive values. Liu and Hanauer released a book in late 2011 titled The Gardens of Democracy, which provides a reexamination of democracy and provides a blueprint for a new age of citizenship and government in the 21st century.
He currently writes for TIME IDEAS and TheAtlantic.com. He wrote the 'Teachings' column for Slate magazine from 2002 to 2005. He is the author of Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life (2005), about transformative mentors, leaders and teachers, and The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker (1998), about ethnicity, identity and acculturation. His book Imagination First, co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon of the Lincoln Center Institute, explores ways to unlock imagination in education, politics, business and the arts.
Guiding Lights is the Official Book of National Mentoring Month and has led to the creation of a broad civic campaign to highlight mentorship in all walks of life. In The Accidental Asian, Liu explores identity, in particular, the meaning of his own American and Asian-American identity. "I define my identity, then, in the simplest way possible: according to those with whom I identify. And I identify with whoever moves me."
Liu also hosts an acclaimed television interview program called Seattle Voices, in addition to speaking regularly at venues across the country.
- David Leiwei Li, "On Ascriptive and Acquisitional Americanness: The Accidental Asian and the Illogic of Assimilation." Contemporary Literature, 2004 Spring; 45 (1): 106-34.
- Tewari, Nita; Alvarez, Alvin (2008-09-26). Asian American psychology: current perspectives. CRC Press. pp. 117–. ISBN 978-0-8058-6008-5. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- "The Book". "The Gardens of Democracy" Web site. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- Louie, Kam; Khoo, Tseen-Ling (2005-05-01). Culture, identity, commodity: diasporic Chinese literatures in English. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. pp. 253â277. ISBN 978-0-7735-3007-2. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- Kamen, Paula (November 2000). Her way: young women remake the sexual revolution. NYU Press. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-8147-4733-9. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- Twitter feed
- Gardens of Democracy Web site
- The Guiding Lights Network Web site
- C-SPAN Q&A interview with Liu, January 23, 2005