Helen Zia, a writer, activist, and Fulbright Scholar, spent 12 years working on her newest book, Last Boat out of Shanghai. A longtime journalist, she was Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine and her numerous articles, essays and reviews have received awards for her ground-breaking stories. She also authored Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, and, My Country Versus Me, with Wen Ho Lee. The daughter of immigrants from China, Helen's work is featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Who Killed Vincent Chin? and she was profiled in Bill Moyers' Becoming American: The Chinese Experience. In 2008, amid great controversy, Helen was a Torchbearer in San Francisco for the Beijing Olympics; in 2010, she was a witness in the federal marriage equality case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Helen graduated in Princeton University’s first coeducational class and received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the City University of New York. 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.