Helen Zia '73 Book Signing and Meet-Up

Last Boat out of Shanghai in Porter Square

As part of A4P's 40th anniversary and Lunar New Year celebrations, we are proud to feature: 

Activist and author Helen Zia '73 as she launches her latest book, _Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution_.

Wednesday, February 13, at 6:30 pm at Panera Bread Porter Sq.
This event is FREE.

Helen Zia will discuss her book, followed by an audience Q&A session. Helen will also sign her book that will be for sale on-site.

A limited number of books will be available to purchase at the event on-site, sold by Porter Square Books. Cash and credit cards accepted. 

Panera Bread Porter Sq is accessible by the MBTA Red line Porter Square stop. There is also a free parking lot right in front of the Panera. We will be DOWNSTAIRS. 

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. She was Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine and is a founding board co-chair of the Women's Media Center. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, books and anthologies, receiving awards for her ground-breaking stories.

The daughter of immigrants from China, Helen has been outspoken on issues ranging from human rights and peace to women's rights and 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."

“Stories of courage and resilience emerge from decades of oppression. On May 25, 1949, the People's Liberation Army marched into Shanghai, completing Mao's victorious takeover of China. Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of that revolution, Chinese-American journalist Zia vividly chronicles the lives of several individuals caught in the violent 'tsunami of revolution' in China's 'biggest, most glamorous, and most notorious city,' the port where throngs of Chinese rushed to escape. In early May 1949, the World War II transport ship General Gordon was the last boat out of Shanghai, culminating an exodus that sent millions of Chinese to seek refuge throughout the world. In a narrative gleaned from more than 100 interviews, Zia focuses on four exiles whose stories represent 'the voices, viewpoints, and character of the Shanghai diaspora.'... After the war, the arrival of American soldiers and the ousting of Japanese soldiers and civilians augured stability, but a civil war between Nationalists and Communists led to more privations, an atmosphere of suspicion, and virulent repression. With captivating detail, the author reconstructs the tense 'panic to flee' that engulfed the nation. An absorbing history of a refugee crisis that mirrors current events.”
—Kirkus Reviews