Liu Su

As Interviewed by Dillon Liu, March 21, 2014
"For China, I think that the Cultural Revolution was one of the growing experiences for all Chinese people."
Liu Su

Introductory Profile: About Liu Su

Su Liu grew up in Taipei, China, and attended elementary, middle, and high school in Taipei. He received his education during the age of the Cultural Revolution, and he witnessed and experienced the burning of books, disrespect of teachers, and the school system during the ten-year period. He is my dad, and when I asked to interview him about his experiences, he was willing to be my interviewee, telling me about how they had to work for half a day in school, building their own schools and dormitories.

Su Liu is 5’ 7”, an average height man with short hair the color of black. He looks like a very important person, peering from his glasses, looking at me enthusiastically while I asked him questions. He has worry lines on his face, showing that his life was not the most perfect one. His eyes twinkle with kindness, and as a son, I know that his eyes shows who he is. He is very smart, he works for IBM as a software engineer, in his early 50s. Since he is my dad, our interview took place in our house, in his office.

Su Liu worked really hard in school, and was one of the only kids in his high school to get accepted into a college. There, he met my mom, and after graduation, they got married. My dad got a P.H.D in China, and after a few years of working at China, he moved his family to America. In America, he decided to get a new Masters Degree in a new field, so he went back to college. There, he got a computer science degree, and moved to Austin, Texas, to work for IBM.

Su Liu did not only tell me about the Cultural Revolution affecting education, but he also told me what else did the Cultural Revolution say. He told me how he had to work outside and how wrong the teachers were treated. He also put his own opinions into the interview, stating that he thought the Cultural Revolution was a very good thing for the Chinese education, and without it, the education in China now wouldn't be very good. The tone of the interview was a very serious, but laid back tone. In general, I am very glad that I had the chance to find out more about my dad’s past.