Helen Zia, author of Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution. Photo: Nora Tam

What China’s post-war refugee exodus tells us about refugee crises today – author Helen Zia

  • Places such as Hong Kong that accepted refugees benefited from admitting highly motivated people who pushed their children to serve, author Helen Zia says
  • A child of refugees herself – her parents fled China for the US in 1940s – she learned of the traumas refugees bury writing her book Last Boat Out Of Shanghai
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Helen Zia, author of Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution. Photo: Nora Tam
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The Malacca Strait, circa 1875. In Empire of the Winds, writer Philip Bowring examines trade, piracy and the social history of an area of Southeast Asia spanning Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Timor. Photo: Alamy

Empire of the Winds: account of Southeast Asia’s ‘great archipelago’ rejects China’s take on its history

  • Author Philip Bowring explores the significance of a region he calls Nusantaria stretching from Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines to Indonesia and Timor
  • Trade winds, resources and wealth made the more than 20,000 islands of the archipelago into a hub of global trade, he writes
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The Malacca Strait, circa 1875. In Empire of the Winds, writer Philip Bowring examines trade, piracy and the social history of an area of Southeast Asia spanning Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Timor. Photo: Alamy
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