In these compellingly candid essays, Liu reflects on his life as a second-generation Chinese American and reveals the shifting frames of ethnic identity. Finding himself unable to read a Chinese memorial book about his father's life, he looks critically at the cost of his own assimiliation. But he casts an equally questioning eye on the effort to sustain vast racial categories. And as he surveys the rising anxiety about China's influence, Liu illuminates the space that Asians have always occupied in the American imagination.
overall, though, what he brought in the good parts of his memoir outweighed the annoyances and fluff of the rest of the book.