Tim Wu, John Liu Rejoin Academia After Primary Defeats

Tim Wu and John Liu. (Photos via timwu.org and liunewyork.com)

Tim Wu and John Liu. (Photos via timwu.org and liunewyork.com)

Two Asian-American politicians who were defeated in the September 9 Democratic primary are ready to move on, but give broad indications that they may not be done with politics.

Tim Wu ran for the position of New York State lieutenant governor while former New York City Comptroller John Liu challenged the incumbent Tony Avella in the 11th State Senate District.

World Journal’s Mike Hong spoke to the two politicians and wrote separate reports, which were translated from Chinese into English by Jack Chen.

John Liu, speaking to World Journal, was upbeat about his unsuccessful run.

Looking back at the primary, Liu is satisfied with the effort, if not thrilled by the result. “We did our best. With just three months to prepare, our final result was much closer than many so-called experts projected. Looking back, there are some things we could have done better, but the reality is that we had real time restrictions.”

Liu has rejoined Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and retains an appointment as adjunct professor at Baruch College.

“My life’s first stage was in business, for 14 years: the second was public service, for 12 years: and now it’s time for the third one: academics,” said Liu. “Other than teaching, I also want to contribute some original research and publications to city economics and public planning.” Liu’s media connections have remained active. “I communicate with many people every day, and maintain my contacts,” he said. “There are still many things I can do through academics. Wait and see!”

Like Liu, Tim Wu has also returned to Columbia University, to the law school where he is a professor. Wu tells World Journal that his political journey has not ended.

“There are still a number of media interview requests.” Wu happily explained that his students and colleagues have all expressed their support, with many telling him that they voted for him. “If Columbia was New York, I’d have won 90% of the vote,” he joked.

Though academics may seldom experience the same quick success as Wu, he’s still zeroed in on what could have gone better. “If there was even more preparation, and some things were done better, it should have been quite possible to get 51%.”

The complete interviews of John Liu and Tim Wu can be viewed by clicking on their names.

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