Asia to America: Children of the Diaspora

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Published January 22, 2019 by Ballantine Books.

Asia to America: Children of the Diaspora

Instructor: 
Helen Zia
When: 
October 20, 2021
Time: 
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Place: 
Zoom Webinar
Fee: 
$15 per person Society members; $20 per person non-members. Advance registration must be received by SAA by Oct. 13, 2021.


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Helen Zia, a writer and activist, will discuss a common theme in her books: how immigrants, refugees and exiles from widely divergent countries and cultures of Asia come together to form an improbable confluence in America, known as the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Helen will speak on the challenges, context and prospects facing Asians and Asian Americans at this time. Her latest book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai, chronicles the exodus from Shanghai in the late 1940’s to Hong Kong, Taiwan, the U.S. and elsewhere.

Helen Zia is a well-known writer and Fulbright Scholar and author of many books, including Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, and My Country versus Me. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she was raised in New Jersey and graduated from Princeton University. She is a longtime journalist and was Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine. Her activism in the 1980’s landmark civil rights case of anti-Asian violence is featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary “Who Killed Vincent Chin?”

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