During Eric Liu’s talk about hybridity, he explores the idea of recent evolution by suggesting that his own human makeup is a mashed-up, multicultural hybrid, with traces of Captain Kirk.
Throughout this speech, Liu shares his idea that every invention and innovation comes from combining opposing or different components -- even humans. On one end of the global spectrum, people are obsessed with purity, while others embrace the idea of mixing like and unlike elements. In defense of public schools, national services and big cities, Liu believes that these are the places where innovation thrives and progresses.
Liu’s talk about hybridity draws on ideas and concepts generated through his own personal experiences. However, it is evident that he’s using himself and the American lifestyle as one example on a global scale.