Helen Zia, an award-winning journalist and Fulbright scholar, spent twelve years working on her recent nonfiction book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai. Her other books include Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People and, with Wen Ho Lee, My Country Versus Me. The daughter of immigrants from China, she has been outspoken on issues ranging from civil rights and peace to women’s rights and countering hate violence and homophobia. After two years of medical school, she quit and went to work as a construction labourer, an autoworker, and a community organiser, before discovering her life’s calling as a writer.
謝漢蘭是獲獎新聞工作者兼傅爾布萊特計畫學者。她花了 12 年時間完成了新作《最後一艘離開上海的船》，其他著作包括《Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People》以及與李文和合寫的《My Country Versus Me》。父母是中國移民，謝漢蘭經常為和平、公民和女性權利等發聲，尤其反對仇恨暴力和恐同行為。在醫學院讀了兩年書，她輟學成爲建築工人，之後又當過汽車廠工人和社區領導，最後發現寫作才是她的人生使命。