Books by Helen Zia

Released: March 1, 2000

Zia, a Chinese-American and co-editor of the reference Asian American Biography, intertwines a memoir of her own life

with an informal history of Asians in America.

Unless one starts with prehistoric immigrants crossing the Bering Straits, the first Asians to arrive in America were Filipinos.

Spanish traders impressed them as seaman, and many jumped ship in Louisiana in the 16th century. Read full book review >