What Star Trek taught me

Story highlights

  • Eric Liu: I was fully into Star Trek as a young boy in an immigrant household
  • In my first grade imagination, I was anticipating the kind of world we'd like to live in now.

Eric Liu is the founder of Citizen University and the author of several books, including "A Chinaman's Chance" and "The Gardens of Democracy." He was a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. Follow him on Twitter: @ericpliu. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN)I'm not one of those crazy Trekkies -- you know, those fanatics who go to Star Trek conventions and own all kinds of preciously cheesy Star Trek memorabilia.

Eric Liu
All I have is a model communicator with a flip-lid that makes three different sound effects.
And a Federation of Planets command badge.
    And the complete DVD set of the Star Trek animated series.
    And knowledge of every plot line of every episode of the original series.
    And, somewhere in my mom's attic, an original hardbound edition of "Star Fleet Technical Manual," which contains the schematics of every class of starship in the Federation, as well as the color schemes and insignia for all Star Fleet uniforms.
    Eric Liu, in first grade.