May 1, 2019 6:30pm
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA

Helen Zia’s new book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Fled Mao’s Revolution, details the dramatic, real-life stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist Revolution.  Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, praised Zia’s book as “Meticulously researched with a scholar’s acumen, the pages unfold with the harrowing suspense of a novel. Zia’s portraits are compassionate and heartbreaking.”  

Helen Zia was featured in conversation with Sherry Hu, noted reporter, anchor and multimedia journalist. 

Zia is an activist, award-winning author and former journalist. Her first book was published in 2000: Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. She has been active in many non-profit organizations, including Equality Now, AAJA, and KQED. Her ground- breaking articles, essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, books and anthologies, receiving numerous awards. 

The daughter of immigrants from China, Zia has been outspoken on issues ranging from human rights and peace to women’s rights and countering hate violence and homophobia. She is featured in the Academy Award nominated documentary, Who Killed Vincent Chin? and was profiled in Bill Moyers’ PBS series, Becoming American: The Chinese Experience. In 2008, Zia was a torchbearer in San Francisco for the Beijing Olympics amid great controversy; in 2010, she was a witness in the federal marriage equality case decided by the US Supreme Court. 

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