USCET celebrates the Chinese New Year with Asian American Author and Activist Helen Zia

February 19, 2019


USCET celebrated Chinese New Years with GWU's Elliott School of International Affairs by co-hosting a book launch and signing event for the award-winning Asian American author and activist Helen Zia.

Zia’s latest book, Last Boat out of Shanghai, follows the gripping real life stories of four young people who fled from Shanghai during the mass exodus of 1949. Through these harrowing stories, readers learn of the courage, determination, and sacrifice that the characters confronted in their decisions to leave their homeland behind, as well as the challenges they faced in their new countries. 

As a  first-generation Chinese American, Zia is uniquely equipped to explain how crises like the Shanghai exodus affect children and their families, students and their futures, and, ultimately, the way we see ourselves and those around us. Displacement, immigration, and refugee crises are as salient today as they were 50 years ago. Zia emphasized humanity and triumph of the human spirit in her powerful presentation. 

Ambassador Reuben Brigety, dean of The Elliott School, delivered the event’s opening remarks, while USCET’s own Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, whose family immigrated to the US from Shanghai during that tumultuous period, moderated an engaging dialogue with the author. Over 100 GW students, scholars, and guests from the Chinese American community in the Greater Washington Area participated in the event. 

Zia, winner of the 2018 Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Lifetime Achievement Award, was also a distinguished participant in USCET’s 2017 Asian American Authors Series in Beijing, Shanghai, and Sichuan.






中美教育基金会与乔治华盛顿大学艾略特国际事务学院共同举办了一场新书发布会,为获奖亚裔美国作家、活动家Helen Zia(谢汉兰)举行了签名活动,并庆祝中国新年。



艾略特国际事务学院院长Reuben Brigety大使致开幕词,而中美教育基金会主席张之香大使主持了与作者的对话,张大使本人来自一个从上海移民来美国的家庭。超过100位来自大华盛顿地区华人社区的华人、乔治华盛顿大学学生、学者和嘉宾参加了此次活动。

Zia是2018年美国亚裔研究协会(AAAS)终身成就奖获得者,也是中美教育基金会 2017年在北京、上海和四川举办的美国亚裔作家系列活动的杰出参与者。