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Living the American dream

Taiwanese-American John C. Liu discusses his remarkable career path from actuary to the first Asian American to serve in New York’s city council and a federal investigation into campaign irregularities that he says derailed his 2013 mayoral bid to become the city’s first Asian-American mayor

By Chris Fuchs  /  Contributing reporter in New York


When asked if New York was ready for its first Asian-American mayor, Liu replied: “Why wouldn’t they? I mean, would there still be people slamming their doors saying they would never vote for a ‘gook?’ Quite possibly. But I think the city was clearly ready for change, and I was the change candidate …”

A month into the spring semester, Liu has settled into his new role as a professor at Manhattan’s Baruch College, where he is teaching a graduate-level elective in municipal finance. Liu, who said he recently guest lectured at Fordham University, added that he plans to continue at Baruch in the fall while also teaching at Columbia University.

Recently, local newspapers and blogs in New York have been abuzz over whether Liu might run for Taiwanese-American Congresswoman Grace Meng’s (孟昭文) seat this November. While Liu said he expects to run again in the future, he declined to say for which office.

“This is New York City, so any kind of office … you can’t define things that way here,” Liu said. “I mean, city office in New York City, some people say, trumps state office. Who knows. We’ll see.”

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