Upcoming Events




February 6: 6 pm San Francisco: CA Commonwealth Club: In conversation with Jeffrey Wasserstrom about his book Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, recording available.
February 16: 3 pm OAKLAND CA: In conversation with GISH JEN about her new book THE RESISTERS sponsored by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, joined with,,, Eastwind Bookstore; open to the public.
February 18: The paperback edition of Last Boat out of Shanghai is released!
February 18: Radio interview with BYU Radioshow Constant Wonder about Last Boat out of Shanghai.
February 19: Irvine CA: University of California, Irvine– 5:30 pm at Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center, open to the public. Classroom appearances too.
February 20: Newport Beach CA Library Live Foundation Event, 5 pm Reception, 7 pm book talk and signing, at the Newport Beach Public Library.
February 28: Shanghai International Literary Festival Opening Book Talk. Sadly, due to Covid, the LitFest was canceled. If you’re going to Shanghai, please visit M on the Bund, the terrific sponsor of this important Litfest!
March 4: Campbell CA. 7 pm: Recycle Bookstore Book Club Last Boat out of Shanghai Book Reading.

March 8: Boston MA: API Panel at the Paramount Theater and Emerson College on Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987)

March 9:  Cambridge MA, 1 pm: At the Radcliffe Institute “The Stories We Tell and the Objects We Keep: Asian American Women and the Archives.” Open to the public–postponed.

March 10: Interview with Terry Hong with Bloom, with article at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

March 23: East Bay Book Club Last Boat out of Shanghai Zoom talk.

March 27: Vancouver, BC: UBC’s St. John’s College, the Inaugural George Shen Memorial Lecture, postponed to 2021.

March 31: Interview with Robin Morgan in a Live Podcast on, recording available.
April 2: Published an Op-ed for the Washington Post online regarding COVID-19 and anti-Asian pandemic of hate.

April 7: Madison, WI: WORT 89.9 FM Radio interview with Bo Thao-Urabe regarding anti-Asian racism, recording available.

April 10: DEI (Diversity, Equity Inclusion) Leaders Roundtable on Anti-Asian COVID Hate.

April 13: American Bar Association Zoom Conversation: The Threats COVID-19 Poses to Democracy and Public Safety Through the Lens of the Asian American Experience, recording available. 

April 15: Panelist on Asian ERG webinar on anti-Asian COVID hate with Levi’s corporation.

April 24: University of Montana Missoula Zoom panel discussion on anti-Asian hate  

April 26:  Radio appearance with Chana and Katie Wilson through the Radio Project, Two Revolutions, Many Secrets, recording available.

April 29: Pasadena, CA: Pasadena Book Club on Last Boat out of Shanghai zoom book talk

April 30: PBS Digital Town Hall: Asian Americans in the Time of COVID-19, recording available.

May 4: Gaithersburg MD: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month; changed to zoom talk held on May 27.

May 5: San Francisco Public Press Radio podcast taping of our radio show “Civic.”

May 7: Princeton Alumni Association of Northern California with A4P Zoom book talk: Asian American Dreams, recording available.

May 12: KALW Radio interview with Rose Aguilar: Organizing Activism Against Anti-Asian Racism During COVID-19, recording available.

May 18: Washington DC: Cosmos Club book talk event for the membership–postponed to 2021.

May 18: Act To Change podcast on the second annual AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate, recording available.

May 19: Last Boat out of Shanghai Zoom book talk with the Chinese History Museum, DC.

May 21: Podcast with Stephen Free from PEN America, recording available. 

May 26: Zoom Town Hall: Stop Repeating History.

May 27: PEN America Zoom Panel: Solidarity Against Racism.

May 28: Conversation with journalist and filmmaker Dianne Fukami, hosted by CISCO World Connected Asian Affinity Network

May 28: Voice of America: Anti-Asian COVID Hate.

May 28: Podcast with Stephen Gong CAAM on the Future of Asian Pacific America, recording available. 

May 28: WMC Cocktail hour

May 29: Toyota Research Institute Asian ERG Zoom panel and discussion

May 29: Interview with Linda Jue from the San Francisco Public Press regarding post-lockdown anti-Asian racism.

May 31: United Chinese Americans Award Ceremony-Webinar-Donation to Child Hate Crime Victims.

June 1: SF: City Hall meeting: Asians for Black Lives Matter Contingent

June 3: NJ: Last Boat out of Shanghai Book Club Zoom talk.

June 4: Interview with Joseph Lam from the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

June 4: Princeton University Zoom panel: Race in the COVID Era, recording available.

June 10: CISCO Check-In webex talk to all employees about Asian Americans in the time of Covid. 

June 11: Published article about anti-Asian COVID hate and Trump attacks on journalists with Women’s Media Center news 

June 19: South China Morning Post article on Vincent Chin justice movement and lessons for today

June 23: NCORE panel: Bad Ass Asian American Feminists, with Prof. Mary Yu Danico, Sung Yung Choimorrow, Deepa Iyer, and Annie Tan.

July 8: APABA DC Zoom panel regarding Vietnamese Fisherman v KKK discussion.

July 16: KPFA Apex Express with Miko Lee on Asian American movement building.

July 18: Nevada City NV:  Book Talk postponed to 2021, with CATS Community Asian Theater of the Sierras.  


Jan 22, 2019, MY BOOK IS RELEASED! Kicking off with the seniors at Rossmoor in Walnut Creek with a pre-launch hosted by the Chinese American Association of Rossmoor, in honor of my Mom and other CAAR members, 2 pm at Gateway Center, Fireside Room

Jan 24 SAN FRANCISCO BOOK LAUNCH PREMIER with the Chinese Cultural Center, Chinese Historical Society of America, Chinese for Affirmative Action and others in a special community outreach: 4:30-5:30 Pre-reception, reserved books, and seating; 5:45 general program begins followed by book signing — RSVP

Jan 27 OAKLAND: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 4:30p


Jan 30 COMMONWEALTH CLUB of SAN FRANCISCO, 6 pm in conversation with Ben Fong-Torres

Jan 31 PORTLAND: POWELL’S BOOKS and Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, 6:30 pm

Feb 3 PHILADELPHIA: OCA-Greater PhilaBook signing and New Year Luncheon 12noon, Vietnam Palace, 222 N. 11th St. Phila., RSVP 

Feb 5 PHILADELPHIA: PENN BOOK CENTER, with UPENN PAACH and in conversation with Tiffany Chang Lawson, 5:30p

Feb 7 NEW YORK: NYU A/P/A Institute –Silver Center, 31 Washington Place, First-floor auditorium, 6 pm; rsvp

Feb 8 NEW YORK: Museum of Chinese in America, 6:30 pm, 215 Centre St, rsvp

Feb 9 PRINCETON: Chancellor Green Rotunda, 11 am Book talk and A4P New Year’s lunch

Feb 12 BOSTON: Chinese Historical Society Of New England, PAO CENTER, Chinatown, 5:30 pm, in conversation with Prof. Connie Chan  [See write up in SAMPAN online publication]

Feb 15 WASHINGTON, DC: US-China Education Trust and George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, 11:30 am-1 pm Lindner Family Commons, 6th Fl. 1957 E St., NE; in conversation with Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch of USCET

Feb 16 WASHINGTON, DC: Talk Story/1882 Foundation 2 pm, I Street Conference Room, 600 Massachusetts Ave, N.W., Washington DC

Feb 16 & 17 CSPAN2: Broadcast of Helen’s speech in Philadelphia on February 5th:

  • Feb 16, 2019 | 8:30pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 17, 2019 | 5:50pm EST | C-SPAN 2

Feb 17 WASHINGTON, DC: POLITICS AND PROSE BOOKSTORE main store, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW 3 pm

Feb 20 HOUSTON: Asian Pacific American Heritage Association dinner+book talk/signing, 6:30 pm Kim Son restaurant, 10603 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, RSVP:

Feb 21 HOUSTON: St. Thomas University, in conversation with Dean Hans Stockton, 2:10 – 3:35 pm

Feb 21 HOUSTON: Happy Hour at Simone on Sunset 5:30 pm; with Princeton A4P/PAAH


Feb 22 EAST LANSING, MI: Book Reading on MSU campus, location TBD

Feb23 EAST LANSING, MI: Michigan State University APASO/APAS Cultural Vogue Public Event; evening TBD

Feb24 NORTHVILLE, MI: Chinese American Community Center in Madison Heights 1 pm, followed by BARNES&NOBLE-LIVONIA in Northville, 3:30 pm

Feb 25 CHICAGO: Princeton Club of Chicago/A4P Book reading, Offices of McDermott Will & Emery, 444 W Lake St., West Loop; books may be reserved in advance with RSVP

Feb 26 CHICAGO: 57TH STREET BOOKS/SEMINARY COOP, 6 pm, in conversation with Charlene Huang Olson; 


Mar 17: Nonfiction discussion with Paul French (Midnight in Peking and City of Devils) and Michael Schuman (Confucius and the World He Created); 6 pm; check Beijing Bookworm schedule for ticketing and details:

Mar 18: Last Boat out of Shanghai, in conversation with Ching-Ching Ni, Editor-in-Chief of New York Times Online in China; 6 pm check Beijing Bookworm schedule for ticketing and details

Mar 19: Book talk at the Beijing American Center, 6:30 pm at No. 55 An Jia Lou Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing (East Gate of the U.S. Embassy). RSVP and further details:

March 20-23   SHANGHAI:

Mar 21: Shanghai American Center,  6:30-8 pm; Portman complex at Nanjing Xi Lu; bring a photo i.d. and no laptops or electronics larger than a tablet.

Mar 22: New York University, Pudong campus, noon talk with students 

Mar 22:  Explore Shanghai Heritage, Evening book talk, 7 pm; location Storyland 4/F, Building 1, No. 528 Qinzhou Road, 故事星球 钦州路528号1号楼4楼; for RSVP and detailed directions: email

Mar 23: Literary Shanghai Talk (2 pm) and Bus Tour (3-5:30 pm) to historic sites noted in Last Boat out of Shanghai: Radisson Xingguo Hotel, 78 Xingguo Lu/Huashan Lu; email for more information and ticketing.

Mar 24: Royal Asiatic Society Bookclub, 2 pm at 27 on the Bund

March 27-28: HONG KONG (copies of Last Boat out of Shanghai will be available at Swindon’s, Bookazine and Commercial Press book stores;  and at HKU event)

Mar 27: Chinese University of Hong Kong/University Services Centre for China Studies, 12:00 noon book talk;

Mar 27: Hong Kong Baptist University with the Journalism Dept, 3:30 pm lecture

Mar 28: Foreign Correspondents Club, breakfast book talk, 8:00-9:00 am; RSVP with the FCC concierge at (tel) 2521 1511 or; open to club members, guests, and media.

Mar 28: Hong Kong University Library and Reading Club, co-hosted by HKU’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre, 6:30-8 pm, Evening book talk in conversation with noted filmmaker Nancy Tong; 2/F Multi-purpose Area, HKU Main Library, RSVP at

Apr 6 LOS ANGELES AREA: Newport Beach Literary Festival @ Newport Beach Marriott, 3 pm Nonfiction panel, “Uncovering History;” (sold out)

Apr 7 MONTEREY PARK Bruggemeyer Library, 2 pm book talk and signing, with opening remarks by Congresswoman Judy Chu, introduction by Michael Eng, in conversation with CalPoly Pomona Prof. Mary Yu Danico; 

Apr 10 SAN FRANCISCO:  Book talk at Book Passage bookstore, Ferry Building 6 pm

Apr 12 NEW YORK CITY Princeton A4P, PANYC, and PWNNY joint A4P 40th Anniversary celebration banquet, 6:30-9:30 pm with dinner talk and book signing, Peking Duck House 236 E. 53rd Street, registration required TBA

Apr 13 SWARTHMORE, PA:  Swarthmore College and Tri-college Network jointly with Haverford and Bryn Mawr colleges; evening lecture

Apr 14 MEDIA, PA: Main Public Library, April 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Apr 15 Washington, DC: Georgetown University, Annual Student Conference on Feminism, afternoon plenary talk, open to Georgetown U. community, details TBD

May 1 SAN FRANCISCO: Main Library launch of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, 7 pm; in conversation with award-winning journalist Sherry Hu

May 14 SAN FRANCISCO: Commonwealth Club, in conversation with author Julia Flynn Siler about her important new book, The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown

May 30 Portland, OR:  NCORE National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in America, book discussion, more info TBD

June 8 New York City: Korean American Community Foundation, 11 am Talk and 12noon Book Signing at the New School, W. 12th St,

June 13, 2019: East Palo Alto, CA  Princeton Asian American Alumni Assn (A4P) and Princeton Club of Northern California; Book signing and conversation with April Chou ’96. Event is sold out, check link re waitlist 

June 15: Palos Verdes Public Library and the South Bay Chinese American Women’s Association Book Club, Book signing and conversation with Joanne Chang, 11-1 pm at the Peninsula Center Library Community room

June 23: Honolulu, Hawai’i Book Talk and Signing: sponsored by Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i and the Honolulu Japanese American Citizens League and Harris United Methodist Church, 2-4 pm at Harris, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd.

June 29: Houston TX, OCA National Convention luncheon keynote, Houston Marriott Westchase, 12:30 pm
July 10: Washington DC, Multicultural Media Correspondents Association Media Innovation Diversity Summit Reception honoring authors Dorothy Butler Gilliam, Robert J. Brown and Helen Zia, The Capitol View, 6-9 pm
July 25: San Francisco, Manny’s cafe, Book signing and conversation with human rights advocate Ignatius Bau. 6:30-8 pm
August 15: St. Paul MN: Book signing and conversation with Bo Thao-Urbe, Executive Director of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders. 5:30-7 pm
September 21: Milford PA: Milford Readers and Writers Festival, in conversation with Anne A. Cheng, Prof. of English and American Studies, Princeton University. 2-3:15 pm on the Main Stage of Milford Theatre.
September 25: Charlotte, NC: World Affairs Council of Charlotte Speakers Series Luncheon; details to come
October 5: San Mateo, CA: McTyeire School and St. Mary’s Hall Alumnae Reunion luncheon speaker
November 1: Taipei: Book reading at Sarah Wu’s Letterpress Cafe, followed by Princeton Alumni reception
November 5: Hong Kong Literary Festival, at the Asia Society of Hong Kong; two other panels plus book reading at the Helena May “Author in the Library”
November 18: Berkeley, CA: Town and Gown Club Book Day talk and signing, 1:30 pm
November 27: Santa Barbara CA: UC Santa Barbara Multicultural Center evening lecture “From Invisible to Envisioning”
December 7: St. Paul MN: Coalition of Asian American Leaders, Leadership Summit with Bo Thao-Urabe


September 28, 2018 — Friday 10:45 AM:  United Chinese Americans conference: Hyatt Crystal City, Arlington, VA: Regency Ballroom; Chinese American Civil and Political Rights Movement: Past, Present, and Future

September 22, 2018 — Authenticity and Solidarity: Answering Our Call to Civic Engagement and Community conference, @ Carl Fields House, Prospect Ave., Princeton University: Multiracial Organizing panel discussion

September 8, 2018Amplify: a storytelling conference for people of color; @UC Berkeley School of Journalism, Room 105 Main Lecture Hall: Journalism vs Activism: Where Do I Draw The Line?