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How the LA Race Riots Inspired Stephen Liu to Pursue His Passion

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For most Americans, the Los Angeles Riots of 1992 were trying times that raised difficult questions about the direction of the country. For Stephen Liu, those questions were much more personal.

As a young American of Chinese decent, the civil unrest at the time drove Liu to consider how he could contribute to a more inclusive future for other Asian-Americans. He would channel his passion about the space Asian-Americans occupy in American culture and society into a life committed to creating new opportunities for those people who dealt with similar issues as he did growing up in Illinois, Maryland and California.

The result has been an unorthodox career that saw Liu found the non-profit Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) just a year after the Los Angeles Riots, and then leave a lucrative job in the financial sector to found Privy Circle, a community of Asian-American professionals. His bold career pivot has been a success, with brands like Chase, Hennessy and Lexus signing on for access to the network of high net worth individuals that make up Privy Circle.

Watch this video to learn more about how Stephen Liu overcame bullying and discrimination to have the opportunity to channel his passions into good.

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