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Journalist Helen Zia kicks off PanAsia Festival 2006


Helen Zia

What/Who: Award-winning journalist Helen Zia, former executive editor of Ms. magazine and author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, will deliver the keynote speech for PanAsia Festival, 2006, a month-long celebration of Asian-American culture and heritage. Zia will speak on the subject “Shades of Race, America’s Legacy of Discrimination.”

When: Wednesday, April 19 at 8 p.m.

Where: Reynolds Club, University of Chicago, 5706 S. University Ave.

Background: A second generation Chinese American, Zia has been outspoken on issues ranging from civil rights and peace to women’s rights and homophobia. In her talk she will discuss what she sees as the evolving landscape of race and discrimination in America. Can the legacy of the civil rights movement be continued in the 21st century? Free dinner will be served.

PanAsia Festival has regular events running until Saturday, May 20. For more information and a complete calendar of events visit
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