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From Shanghai to Hong Kong
: The Hidden History of a Mass Exodus that Changed Everything


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 in two 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 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.


Helen Zia is a Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Princeton University’s first coeducational class. She attended medical school but quit after completing two years, then went to work as a construction laborer, an autoworker, and a community organizer, after which she discovered her life’s work as a writer. She first came to CUHK as a student in 1972 and made use of the USC when it was on Argyle Street.  She has been an honorary research scholar with USC since 2008.


In this talk, Helen Zia will share stories and lessons from her new book, Last Boat out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution.


Time:          12:00-13:30, Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Venue:        USC, 8/F, Tin Ka Ping Building, CUHK
Language:  English
Lunch Fee: Free Admission, HK$40.00 for Lunch