Asian Pacific Heritage

Helen Zia

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Helen Zia is an American journalist and scholar who has covered Asian American communities and social and political movements for decades. Zia was born in New Jersey to first generation immigrants from Shanghai. She entered Princeton University in the early 1970s and was a member of its first graduating class of women. As a student, Zia was among the founders of the Asian American Students Association. She was also a vocal anti-war activist, voicing her opposition to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, and a firm believer in feminism.