Helen Zia

Helen Zia is the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize and referred to by President Bill Clinton intwo separate speeches in the Rose Garden. She coauthored, with Wen Ho Lee, My Country Versus Me, which reveals what happened to the Los Alamos scientist who was falsely accused of being a spy for China in the ‘worst case since the Rosenbergs.’ She was Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine and is a founding boardco-chair of the Women’s Media Center. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, books and anthologies, receiving awards forher ground-breaking stories. The daughter of immigrants from China, Helen has been outspoken on issues ranging from human rights and peace to women’s rightsand countering hate violence and homophobia. Her work on the 1980s Asian American landmark civil rights case of anti-Asian violence is featured in the Academy Award nominated documentary, Who Killed Vincent Chin? and she was profiled in Bill Moyers’ PBS series, Becoming American: The Chinese Experience.In 2008 Helen was a Torch bearer in San Francisco for the Beijing Olympics amidgreat controversy; in 2010, she was a witness in the federal marriage equality case decided by the US Supreme Court. Helen is a board co- chair emerita of the Women’s Media Center; she received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Law School of the City University of New York for bringing important matters of law and civil rights into public view. She is a Fulbright Scholar and agraduate of Princeton University’s first coeducational class.

She attended medical school but quit after completing two years, then went to workas a construction laborer, an autoworker, and a community organizer, after which she discovered her life’s work as a writer.

March 17, 6:00 PM – THE ART OF FACT: CREATING CREATIVE CHINA NON-FICTION

March 18, 6:00 PM – LAST BOAT OUT OF SHANGHAI: THE EPIC STORY OF THE CHINESE WHO FLED MAO’S REVOLUTION

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