A Chinaman's Chance

A Chinaman's Chance

One Family's Journey and the Chinese American Dream

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: ©2014
New York :, PublicAffairs,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: 305.8951 LIU
Characteristics: viii, 230 pages ;,22 cm.

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carnett1 Apr 08, 2015

Foreign migration to the U.S. is done by two types: ignorant or needy foreigners inspired by "American Dream" an opportunity at success and the educated and recruited foreign population offered employment and a luxury lifestyle to start.

The social and cultural differences of disfavor described in "A Chinaman's chance and one family's journey and the Chinese American Dream" by Eric Liu are done by the ignorant or needy foreigners inspired to migrate to the United States of America by the "American Dream", unaccepting socially and culturally of the unfavorable in the United States and jaded after the reception of sought after solutions while in consideration of the migration itself.

Indicative of the United States of America's nepotism for specific human attributes is the hiring and immigration behavior of the United States in favor of educated and recruited foreign populations offered employment and a luxury lifestyle to start is it's long history of social inequality based on legal favor granted to populations in reception of nepotism evincing similarities of human attributes between those hiring and those educated and recruited foreign populations offered employment and a luxury lifestyle to start.

Exploitative or highly underserving favored educated populations in the U.S. become irate at citizens of the Republic of Korea and Finland due to their educational testing outperformance against the desires of the exploitative or highly underserving favored educated populations represented. As a country by disfavored and disadvantaged populations.

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