SF Attorney Edward Liu video: Beijing Olympic – February 2022 – Will EU call for boycott? 美國三藩市珠算論壇主講 – 劉文貽律師 – 北京奧運會 – 2022 年 2 月 – 歐盟會呼籲抵制嗎？Presented by Abacus Forum SF – 7-23-2021 (Remembering my good friend Attorney Edward Liu, born in Philippines, unlike many Chinese-American said they are not Chinese, Edward is a true Chinese patriot never forget his roots, 想起我的好朋友劉文貽律師，出生在菲律賓，不像很多美國華人說自己不是中國人，劉文貽律師是真正的中國愛國者，不忘初心, 永不忘記他的中國根 June 10, 1949 – February 20 2023)
Professor Ling-chi Wang of UC: Berkeley: Hi, Johnson: I am very sorry we have lost yet another friend, Edward! In my heart and mind, he was, first and foremost, a “public intellectual,” the way France uses that word. He excelled in writing and criticism and he wrote fast, sharp and passionate, never missed a beat, especially in his commentaries on public issues in Chinese American community, in American politics, and in US-China relations. He was eloquent, timely, and always insightful. He was never gun-shy and he minced no word when he was on to something, an issue or a person. He was also an idealist, unhappy with all the wrongs he saw in the society. He jumped in and fought easily, but he also get tired, impatient, frustrated and discouraged. That was why he went through periods of rapid firing and periods of silence. That is why I sometimes thought of him as a Don Quixote.
I told him and wrote him many times that he was in the wrong calling: he should have been a political journalist and commentator rather than a lawyer wasting his time and talent. When he attacked, he was relentless and even without mercy. He was quick on his feet, ever ready to shoot. I know he can produce a well-written column everyday because he read a lot, knowledgeable about many issues and always had something to say about virtually every public issue under the sun. I used to receive his comments in emails everyday when he was hot on an issue, like the case of Dr. Wen Ho Lee. The internet is full of his commentaries. I frequently characterized him as “a loose cannon,” in the good sense of the word. He was prolific. I sometime jokingly asked how he was making a living as a lawyer when he seemed to spend all his time writing commentaries in cyber-space.
He was also fearless, a very important attribute for anyone aspires to be a public intellectual and newspaper commentators. Every community needs someone like him, always ready to write against injustice.
When you sent me the email about his untimely death, I was shocked and sad. The Chinese American community has just lost a very important voice.
He was not a well-known public figure, even in the Chinese American community. But, among his circles of friends who know and appreciate him, he will also be a hero and a voice of consign. When I read your email announcing his death, the popular song from Josh Groban’s “Man of La Mancha” came to my mind immediately. I like to end this email with that song because the lyric captures the essence of Ed and I like to share that lyric with you as my tribute to him.
To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
And to run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
And to love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march, march into Hell
For that heavenly cause
And I know if I’ll only be truе
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie pеaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest
And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable, the unreachable, the unreachable star
And I always dream the impossible dream
Yes, when I’ll reach the unreachable star
George Koo: I have known Ed for decades. When Commonwealth Club invited me to debate Harry Wu and I had a serious conflict, I got Ed to take my place and I spent some time briefing him on various issues. We had a good time then and thereafter. Ling-chi knew him even longer. Ed was noisy, deliberately provocative and entertaining. I’ll miss him. My condolences to his wife, Audrey.
SF Superior Court Judge Lillian Sing: Johnson, I am truly saddened to receive this news! I didn’t even know he was ill. He was my classmate at Hastings & was as fiery then as he was about a year ago when I saw him again in his home. It was an afternoon tea organised by you & I remember it was attended by the usual suspects including George and May, Lingchi, Julie & even my partner, Roland Duhn. I remember well his passion to fight for justice and to promote for AAPI issues. It’s a great loss to the community. Please give my condolences to his wife.
SF Superior Court Judge Julie Tang: I’m very very sad. He was my classmate, a few years ahead of me at Hastings. He was feisty and took on the school even back then. He loved China. And was the first to appear on Singtao TV to comment on US China issues. He was my mentor. I followed him on Singtao. He was supposed to help Singtao do the English version. This is very bad day for me.
Professor John Walsh MD in SF: Oh, that is so sad. He seemed so energetic. He was always passionate, smart and very entertaining. I always read his posts.