Activist, Journalist, and Author Helen Zia to lecture on an America where “minorities” are the majority

Posted April 20th, 2009 at 3:51 pm.

helenziaAsian-American activist, author, and journalist Helen Zia will be speaking at Bryn Mawr’s Dalton Hall, room 300, on Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 pm.

Her subject for the evening will be “Transcending ‘Evil’ in the Age of Obama: Notes of an Asian American Feminist.”

“As this nation rapidly moves toward a ‘minority majority’ and emergent groups move out of invisibility in our workplaces, communities and even the White House,” Zia asks, “can we re-envision the new face of America in these contemporary times that have been labeled ‘post-Civil Rights,’ ‘post-racism,’ and ‘post-feminist’?”

Zia’s efforts in having federal civil-rights charges filed in the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American who was killed in a suburb of Detroit by a laid-off auto worker and his step-father, are documented in the Academy Award-nominated film Who Killed Vincent Chin?, and she was profiled in Bill Moyers’ PBS documentary, Becoming American: The Chinese Experience.

She is a former executive editor of Ms. magazine; the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People; a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize; and co-author of My Country Versus Me, the story of a Los Alamos scientist who was falsely accused of being a spy for the People’s Republic of China.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question-and-answer period and reception. For questions and further information, please call Vanessa Christman, Office of Intercultural Affairs at Bryn Mawr College, 610-526-6592.

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