March 26 - Women’s History Month Profile: Helen Zia

Helen Zia is a second generation Chinese American award-winning author, journalist, scholar, and community activist. One of the first women to graduate from Princeton University, she used her talents to examine Asian American communities, particularly the Chinese experience in the United States. Zia has been passionate in defending social justice issues, human rights, peace, women’s rights, homophobia, hate, and violence. Most notably, she helped to organize against the murder of Vincent Chin, a racially motivated crime fueled by anti-Japanese sentiments. As a writer and journalist, Zia became the executive editor for Ms. Magazine, a liberal feminist magazine, and also authored Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People and co-authored My Country vs. Me. Zia has also been active in and contributed to many newspapers and magazines. She was also featured in the film, “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” and the PBS documentary, “Becoming American: The Chinese Experience.” Her voice has been instrumental to represent Asian American sentiments.