Helen Zia’s ‘Last Boat Out of Shanghai’ a poignant look at experiences of refugees

Thuy Vu’s interview on Jan. 11, 2019, with Helen Zia on KQED Newsroom.

Helen Zia’s new book reveals the forgotten mass exodus from one of the most tumultuous events of the 20th Century–China’s communist revolution–and its continued profound impact on global politics today.

Last Boat out of Shanghai chronicles the real stories of people who faced the chaos, frenzy and terror of revolution and catapulted themselves into the unknown of Hong Kong, Taiwan, anywhere in search of safety — including the United States, where they complicate the Chinese American sensibility.

And instead of finding safe haven, many of these migrants found unwelcome attitudes and political hostilities that barred them, much as present-day refugees face hostility, barriers, and violence around the globe.

Their stories of courage, endurance and resilience are finally told and offer important and heartfelt lessons for today.

“Last Boat out of Shanghai” will be released on Jan. 22, 2019, followed by a series of events in the San Francisco Bay Area (Facebook) and around the country, including: Seattle, Portland, NY, Philadelphia, Boston, DC, Chicago, Michigan.

Learn more at HelenZia.com.

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