Helen Zia is an award-winning writer, Fulbright Scholar, and former Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she has been outspoken on issues ranging from civil rights and peace to women's rights and countering hate violence and homophobia. President Bill Clinton quoted from Helen's book Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People twice in the Rose Garden. Her award-winning investigation of women in neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups made important links between race, gender, and sexual orientation in hate crimes. Her leadership on the Asian American landmark civil rights case of anti-Asian hate violence is documented in the Oscar-nominated film, "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" A graduate of Princeton University's first class of women, she holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from City University of New York Law School. Helen quit medical school after completing two years, then worked as a construction laborer, an autoworker, and a community organizer, after which she discovered her life’s work as a writer.