Last Boat Out of Shanghai — Helen Zia | 謝漢蘭：《最後一艘離開上海的船》VIEW EVENT DETAILS
Hong Kong International Literary Festival
Helen Zia’s most recent book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai, places the refugee exodus following China’s 1949 Communist revolution in a distinctly personal light as she follows four real individuals from their childhoods through war and enemy occupation, civil war and social chaos, exodus and relocation to distant refuges, including Hong Kong, Taiwan and the U.S. As the daughter of Chinese immigrants, Zia uses her experiences and research into the crisis to tell a unique yet universal story of family and survival. Zia, an award-winning journalist and Fulbright scholar, spent more than twelve years working on Last Boat Out of Shanghai. Join Zia in conversation with Alice Mong, the executive director of the Asia Society Hong Kong.
Helen Zia, an award-winning journalist and Fulbright scholar, spent twelve years working on her recent nonfiction book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai. Her other books include Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People and, with Wen Ho Lee, My Country Versus Me. The daughter of immigrants from China, she has been outspoken on issues ranging from civil rights and peace to women’s rights and countering hate violence and homophobia. After two years of medical school, she quit and went to work as a construction labourer, an autoworker, and a community organiser, before discovering her life’s calling as a writer.