Eric Liu

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Eric Liu
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Born 1968
Poughkeepsie, New York
Occupation author, educator, strategist, journalist
Nationality USA

Eric P. Liu (traditional Chinese: 劉柏川; simplified Chinese: 刘柏川; pinyin: Liú Bǎichuān, born 1968) is an American writer and founder of Citizen University. Liu served as a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton[1] and later as the president's deputy domestic policy adviser.

Life and career[edit]

Liu was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, to parents born in China who had emigrated from Taiwan. He studied history at Yale University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.[2]

Liu today is CEO of Citizen University, which brings together leaders, activists and practitioners to teach the art of powerful citizenship. His TED talk on this topic has been widely viewed around the world. In 2014 he launched the Aspen Institute Program on Citizenship and American Identity to advance national conversation about the core American question: "Who is us?".

Liu and Nick Hanauer have co-authored two influential political books: The True Patriot, which redefines patriotism in progressive terms; and in 2011, The Gardens of Democracy, which presents a 21st-century way of envisioning citizenship, the economy, and the role of government.[3]

Liu is a regular columnist for and a correspondent for He wrote the 'Teachings' column for Slate magazine from 2002 to 2005. His most recent book, A Chinaman's Chance, explores being Chinese American in the age of China and America. He is also 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.

Liu lives in Seattle, where he serves on numerous boards, teaches civic leadership courses at the University of Washington, and hosts an acclaimed television show called Seattle Voices.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ ON CAMPUS WITH: Eric Liu; Last Job? Speeches For Clinton, By ELIZABETH COHEN Published: September 15, 1994 .
  3. ^ "The Book". "The Gardens of Democracy" Web site. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

Critical studies
  1. David Leiwei Li, "On Ascriptive and Acquisitional Americanness: The Accidental Asian and the Illogic of Assimilation." Contemporary Literature, 2004 Spring; 45 (1): 106–34.

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