Welcome to the Princeton Club of Northern California - UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS FULLY SUBSCRIBED - An Evening with Helen Zia ’73: Author/Activist/Journalist

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UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS FULLY SUBSCRIBED - An Evening with Helen Zia ’73: Author/Activist/Journalist

Helen will discuss her latest book, “Last Boat Out of Shanghai,” in conversation with April Chou ’96, A4P Board Advisor and leading education executive.

UPDATE: This event is fully subscribed. If you are still interested in attending, please email Chris Loh ’86 at chrisloh888@gmail.com to be added to the waitlist. Thank you.
All Tigers are invited to this event, which is part of A4P's 40th Anniversary Series.
Thursday, June 13th 2019
6:00-7:00 pm Registration and Networking
7:00-8:30 pm Book Discussion and Dinner

DLA Piper LLP (US)
2000 University Avenue (Four Seasons Hotel complex)
East Palo Alto, California 94303-2215

All alumni, students and family members are welcome! Seating is limited. 

(if you have difficulty registering, please email us and we can manually add you)

Award-winning author, journalist and activist Helen Zia ’73 (https://helenzia.com/) will discuss her latest book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai. This book is based on the dramatic real-life stories of four young Shanghai residents caught up in the mass exodus from China in the wake of the 1949 Communist revolution.

“Beautifully crafted, carefully researched . . . Last Boat Out of Shanghai is an engaging work of high-quality popular history. It has things to offer not just to general readers with little knowledge about the city’s intriguing past, but even to specialists. . . . Ms. Zia lets us eavesdrop on the conversations in ‘hushed voices’ of several people whose childhoods are brought vividly to life. . . . Last Boat Out of Shanghai is so good I’ll certainly need to add it to the syllabus for my class. That means something else will have to go—or my students will simply have four hundred more pages of fascinating reading.”—Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, The Wall Street Journal

All alumni, students and family members are welcome! Seating is limited. 

Helen's book will be available for purchase (cash only) and signing.

Chris Loh ’86, chrisloh888@gmail.com
Minerva Yeung *96, minerva.yeung@gmail.com
Vitus Lau ’79, prince79@gmail.com 
Brent Yamashita ‘94, brent.yamashita@dlapiper.com,
Evan Kratzer ‘16, evan.kratzer@gmail.com 
Keith Weng ’91, ksoc@keithweng.com

Sponsored by the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P), the Princeton Club of Northern California (PCNC) and DLA Piper, LLP.

In 2000, her first book was published: Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. She also authored the story of Wen Ho Lee in My Country Versus Me, about 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 a founding board co-chair of the Women’s Media Center. She has been active in many non-profit organizations, including Equality Now, AAJA, and KQED. Her ground-breaking articles, essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, books and anthologies, receiving numerous awards.

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. She is featured in the Academy Award nominated documentary, Who Killed Vincent Chin? and was profiled in Bill Moyers’ PBS series, Becoming American: The Chinese Experience. In 2008 Helen was a Torchbearer in San Francisco for the Beijing Olympics amid great controversy; in 2010, she was a witness in the federal marriage equality case decided by the US Supreme Court.

Helen received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Law School of the City University of New York for bringing important matters of law and civil rights into public view. She 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.

Helen’s latest book is Last Boat out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Fled Mao’s Revolution. It launched on January 22, 2019 and traces the lives of emigrants and refugees from another cataclysmic time in history that has striking parallels to the difficulties facing migrants today.

April Chou recently served as the Interim Head of Education and a Senior Advisor for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Previously, she was the Chief Growth and Operating Officer of KIPP Bay Area Schools, where she partnered with families and local communities to create high quality schools. April was also a Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, responsible for supporting education entrepreneurs to address opportunity gaps for students. Prior to making a career switch, she advised clients with McKinsey & Company in Washington, DC, Beijing, and San Francisco. April was the founding board chair of Students for Education Reform and has chaired Princeton University's Committee to Nominate Alumni Trustees. She is an alumna of Leadership San Francisco and a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow. April received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and has both a MBA and Masters in Education from Stanford University. April lives in San Francisco with her husband Peter Belden '95 and their two sons.

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