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A virtual conversation with Helen Zia

Helen Zia

activist, author, and former journalist

Celebration of the AAPI Cultural Heritage month in May

Hosted by the Office of Asia Engagement and the Chinese Cultural Heritage Working Group

Sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Engagement

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. Helen’s latest book, “Last Boat out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution” traces the lives of migrants and refugees from another cataclysmic time in history that has striking parallels to the difficulties facing migrants today.

Join us in a virtual conversation with Helen on April 28. You can also submit your questions ahead of time by filling out the registration form below. 

Dial-In Information

Register for the event here and submit questions for Helen Zia. You will receive the zoom link closer to the event. 

Wednesday, April 28 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Social Events


Diversity & Inclusion


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public

Center for Global Engagement, Division of Diversity and Engagement, Office of Asia Engagement


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Daisy Shen

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Panigabutra-Roberts, Joy

Panigabutra-Roberts, Joy left a positive review 4/27/2021

Helen Zia is a prominent author and activist for the Asian American community-at-large. While I have heard her speech many years ago, her talk at UTK and the details she covered are relevant to the ongoing struggles of Asian American communities across the U.S. This is the one speech any admin at UT should hear to help them understand the plights of AAPI communities locally and beyond.

Jelf, Tonya

Jelf, Tonya left a positive review 4/27/2021

I had issues with access, but was able to get in within first 10 minutes. The panel and the questions were spot on. Helen Zia was delightful and I really enjoyed this event.

Pringle, Karin Marie

Pringle, Karin Marie left a positive review 4/27/2021

This was excellent. I would love to have a transcript as I was not able to attend all of it. I really appreciated her MIH themes and her closing slides of pictures of solidarity. Missing in history but not missing in action.