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Helen Zia

Helen Zia, former executive editor of Ms. Magazine, is a writer and Fulbright Scholar. Her groundbreaking book Asian American Dreams chronicles the emergence of Asian Americans; her latest, Last Boat Out of Shanghai, was an NPR "best book." The daughter of immigrants from China, Helen was a leading voice in the landmark case of anti-Asian violence, documented in the film Who Killed Vincent Chin? Helen quit medical school to be a community organizer, construction laborer, autoworker, and then discovered her life’s work as a writer.