MOCACITIZEN: What’s Up with the Hyphen? A Conversation on Chinese American Identity with Eric Liu

Wed, Nov 12, 2014 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Admission: $12/Adult; $10/Student & Senior; $7/MOCA Member


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What does it mean to be Chinese American in this moment? What are the nuances of “Chinese American”, “Chinese-American”, and “Chinese/American”? And how does exploring these questions alter our notions of just what an American is and will be? Through the lens of an American-born son raised by immigrant parents and a father raising a Chinese American daughter, Eric Liu, author of A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream, examines how we compose an American identity and what it means to be a citizen in America.


This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving.


About the Author


Eric Liu is an author, educator, and civic entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, which promotes and teaches the art of great citizenship through a portfolio of national programs ( His first book, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, was a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary, Matters of Race. Eric served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President's deputy domestic policy adviser. After the White House, he was an executive at the digital media company RealNetworks. In 2002 he was named one of the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders of Tomorrow, and in 2010 he was awarded the Bill Grace Leadership Legacy Award by the Center for Ethical Leadership. Eric lives in Seattle, where he teaches civic leadership at the University of Washington and hosts an acclaimed television interview program called Seattle Voices. He is also a regular columnist for and a correspondent for He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.