Lessons from History: From Vincent Chin to the Pandemic

May 25, 2022


1 p.m. (ET) | 10 a.m. (PT)

As part of McGuireWoods’ celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, please join us for a webcast on hate incidents targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. A recent report from research and advocacy coalition Stop AAPI Hate noted more than 10,000 reported hate incidents against the AAPI community.

Join speaker Helen Zia and moderators Rakesh Gopalan and Yuan-Ying Hsu as they highlight lessons we can learn from history and how we can be better allies in the future.

Helen Zia is an activist, award-winning author and former journalist. The daughter of immigrants from China, Helen has been outspoken on issues ranging from human rights and peace, to women’s rights and countering hate violence and homophobia. She is featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” and was profiled in Bill Moyers’ PBS series, “Becoming American: The Chinese Experience.” In 2008, Helen was a torchbearer in San Francisco for the Beijing Olympics, amid great controversy; in 2010, she was a witness in the federal marriage equality case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Helen received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the City University of New York School of Law for bringing important matters of law and civil rights into public view. She is a Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Princeton University’s first coeducational class. She attended medical school but quit after completing two years, then went to work as a construction laborer, an autoworker and a community organizer, after which she discovered her life’s work as a writer.

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