A Six-year-old Chinese-American boy
sings the American national anthem.
Wishing Eric Adams luck in the mayoral election of New York,
and wishing all Americans to have a happy Fourth of July!
On the evening of July 2nd, 2021, in order to begin
celebrating the second Independence Day during the pandemic,
the campaign team held a volunteer appreciation party at the
Grand Hotel in Flushing.
At the beginning of the banquet, everyone stood up and sang
the national anthem. The mayor and all the participants put
their right hands over their hearts. The singer on stage was
Joseph Liu (Chinese name Liu Xiangjun), a 6-year-old student
from Cantiague Elementary School in Long Island.
The volunteer powerfully sang the American national anthem
with Adams and all the community leaders and volunteers
His loud singing and confidence, despite that it was his
first time singing on stage, prompted warm applause!
This is the first time that Joseph has been on such a big
Under such a scene, he was not shy. On the contrary, he sang
with bravery and affection like a little star, wearing a
The little boy did his best to use firmness and calmness in his voice to
complete his performance like a little adult.
His singing was praised and encouraged by the mayor and
others there, and these praises gave Joseph more confidence.
After the performance, he stepped down and shook hands with
Mayor Adams excitedly.
The mayor held his hand for a long time. He was encouraged
to accept his elders' recognition and encouragement.
Joseph learned traditional Chinese culture at home and
learned from Western culture to dare to dream, fight hard
and realize themselves in school.
Not long ago, when his teacher asked him what he wanted to do in the
future, he did not hesitate to answer:
"I want to be president!"
On the way to school, he discussed with his father in the
car about how to be president and expressed his views.
He believed that if you want to become president, you must
first study hard. He can become a successful entrepreneur
and philanthropist in the future and donate the money he
earns to needy people to improve their living conditions.
He thinks that this way he will gain the opportunity to earn the people’s
vote to become president.
There are many opportunities to serve the people.
Although his ideas are naive, they can make us Chinese
parents realize that the awareness of Chinese participation
in politics can be nurtured from an early age.
The reason why the Jewish succeeded is because they know how
to teach their children business and politics.
If we can give children an education that combines Chinese
and Western cultures from an early age, and cultivate their
sense of responsibility and participation in politics, we
believe that the Chinese can also cultivate future leaders
with political awareness, vision, and responsibility.
After the performance, he, his older sister Harmony Liu
(刘昕格), and other volunteers who performed on stage received
the volunteer certificate issued by Adams on behalf of the
This is his first performance on stage and the first time he
has received a volunteer certificate, which made him feel
pride for himself.
The mayor-designate Adams gave a lively speech
at the thank-you party.
He called for racial unity, revitalized New York’s economy,
and demonstrated his understanding of Chinese culture, his
friendship with Chinese, his idea of urban management, and
for Chinese parents.
Educational issues are very important to the people! In an
interview with Congress Network Television (ACTV), he said
if he is elected mayor, he will definitely increase schools,
retain SHSAT exams, and revitalize New York's economy.
Zheng Qirong, Asian Director of the Adams Campaign Office
and Honorary Deputy District Mayor of Brooklyn, New York
City, told ACTV:
“Adams is the most intimate mayor and the most powerful
candidate for mayor. Thanks to the Chinese leaders and
volunteers in the community. He has our support!”
Volunteer organizer-President of American Overseas Warehouse
Corporation Ms. Sherry Wang told ACTV:
“This time Adams successfully became the first choice, and it is largely
due to the hard work of the volunteers. We see that there
are more Chinese children participating in volunteer work
than for any previous mayor.
It shows the increase of Chinese people participating in politics!