ABOUT ZIA'S BOOK ASIAN AMERICAN DREAMS
"Helen Zia is one of our nation's most original thinkers, and her book serves not only as an invaluable record of a movement but also as a moving and often funny personal memoir. Asian American Dreams marries social history to literature; it caused me to reflect upon the past, and ask questions about the future."
— David Henry Hwang, Playwright
"An inspiring story of the struggles of Zia and diverse Asian Americans to transform themselves from "aliens" into Americans, their fervent and hopeful "dreams" of equality unfurled before the winds of the coming multicultural millennium."
— Ronald Takaki, Author of Strangers from a Different Shore
"Helen Zia has produced what many of us were waiting for - an honest, scholarly, yet intensely personal book about the transformation of Asian America. She deftly interweaves the remarkable history of a people with her own unique journey as a pioneer activist and writer. The result - Asian American Dreams - is a fresh and incisive narrative, epic in its sweep, thrilling in its verve and clarity."
— Iris Chang, Author of The Rape of Nanking
"Zia has given us a way to examine the gritty reality of what it takes to strengthen a voice from within America, from student organizing movements, the prosecution of hate crimes, advocacy for equality of job opportunities, to an examination of intergenerational tensions."
— Angela E. Oh, Attorney, Former Member, Advisory Board to the President's Initiative on Race
"Dreams is a wonderful, sophisticated, lively sociohistorical biography of Asian Pacific Americans fighting back to broaden the human rights of U.S. citizens and immigrants alike. Herein Helen Zia emerges as the foremost activist-chronicler of the eighties and nineties."
— John Kuo Wei Tchen, Professor, New York University, Author of New York Before Chinatown
"Powerful and encompassing. For the first time, I feel as if I am not an outsider reading about other communities. This is the first comprehensive account of the Asian Pacific American political movement that my generation has the power and position to shape."
— Kaying Yang, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
"Part memoir, part theory, part call to action - this book swept me away."
— Mari Matsuda, Author of We Won't Go Back