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Helen Zia

Helen Zia

Keynote Speaker: Award-Winning Journalist, Author & Activist for Asian American and LGBTQ Rights

Helen Zia Biography

Helen Zia is a writer, activist and Fulbright Scholar. Her first book, “Asian American Dreams,” chronicled the emergence of AAPIs in contemporary America. Her latest book, “Last Boat out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Fled Mao's Revolution,” was named an NPR Best Book of 2019.

The daughter of immigrants from China, Zia's role as an activist in the landmark civil rights case of anti-Asian violence is featured in “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” In 2010, she was a witness in the case for marriage equality that went to the Supreme Court.

A graduate of Princeton University’s first coeducational class, Zia has received two honorary doctorates. After attending medical school, she became a community organizer, construction laborer, autoworker, and after which she discovered her life’s work as a writer.

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Helen Zia Speaking Topics

The Imperative for Higher Expectations

Making Ourselves Visible in the New Millennium

The Asian American Emergence

Building Bridges Across Communities

Helen Zia Videos

Historian Erika Lee & activist Helen Zia on rise in anti-Asian violence
Advocate Helen Zia shares how she found her voice to fight
Annie Tan and Helen Zia on how important Vincent Chin is to Asian Americans

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How much does it cost to book Helen Zia for a speaking engagement?

Speaking fees for Helen Zia, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Helen Zia are Below $10,000 for live events and Below $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Helen Zia, click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.

What topics does Helen Zia speak about?

Helen Zia is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as News & Media, Civil Rights, Authors, Women's Rights, Diversity, Writing, Women, Influential Women, Literary, Social Activism, Asian Heritage, LGBTQ, Female Leadership and Culture.

Where does Helen Zia travel from?

Helen Zia generally travels from Oklahoma City, OK, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

Who is the agent for Helen Zia?

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Helen Zia is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including News & Media, Civil Rights and Authors. The estimated speaking fee range to book Helen Zia for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Helen Zia generally travels from Oklahoma City, OK, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Lydia X. Z. Brown, Evelyn Hu-DeHart and Tracy Chou. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Helen Zia for an upcoming event.

Helen Zia Speaking Topics

  • The Imperative for Higher Expectations

  • Making Ourselves Visible in the New Millennium

  • The Asian American Emergence

  • Building Bridges Across Communities

Helen Zia Videos

Historian Erika Lee & activist Helen Zia on rise in anti-Asian violence
Advocate Helen Zia shares how she found her voice to fight
Annie Tan and Helen Zia on how important Vincent Chin is to Asian Americans
Helen Zia's Keynote Speech @ NYCAASC
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