Seattle’s Eric Liu’s new book explores role of Chinese-Americans today

Seattle author, educator and civic entrepreneur Eric Liu, who served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as his deputy domestic policy adviser; is a columnist for CNN.com and a regular contributor to TheAtlantic.com. He shares his new book, “A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream,” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Liu explores the complex dimensions of American identity through searching, personal essays in which he traces his family’s history, culture and future. He considers the meaning of Confucius in modern life; the unseen role of Chinese-Americans in shaping how we read the Constitution; his daughter’s aspects of her Chinese inheritance; and the all-too American idea of Tiger parenting.

Liu’s 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.”