OCA Reads Book Talk: "Last Boat Out of Shanghai" by Helen Zia @ Kim Son

  • Wed, February 20, 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Kim Son Restaurant, 10603 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072

Join us for dinner as we welcome award-winning author Helen Zia who will be discussing her book, Last Boat Out Of Shanghai.

Tickets are $15 per person. Reserve your seat now!



Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA)
Chinese American Citizens Alliance Houston Lodge (CACA Houston)


On the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist revolution, Helen Zia's new book, Last Boat out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Fled Mao's Revolution captures the heartbreaking drama of an historic yet little known exodus that brought the likes of Maya Lin, Amy Tan, David Henry Hwang, Elaine Chao, and future Nobel laureates to America and elsewhere, not unlike the German Jews and intellectuals who fled Hitler's rise. Told through the real-life stories of four young people, theirs is a generation caught up in the frenzied rush out of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist Revolution--and their experiences hold startling parallels to the struggles faced by refugees and emigrants today.

As China’s most modern and westernized city, Shanghai was home to sophisticated intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and a thriving middle class when Mao’s proletarian revolution emerged victorious from the long civil war. Terrified of the horrors the Communists would wreak upon their lives, citizens of Shanghai who could afford to fled in every direction. Seventy years later, the last generation to fully recall one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century have opened their story to Chinese American journalist Helen Zia. From these moving accounts, she weaves the story of four Shanghai residents who wrestled with the decision to abandon everything for an uncertain life as refugees in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the U.S.

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