To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the tragic death of Vincent Chin, the victim of a racial hate crime that galvanized the Asian American community, the Asian Pacific Americans for Progress presents Vincent Chin 30: Standing Up Then and Now. The nationwide Google Hangout event will connect people despite geographic distance and demographic differences on issues every one wants to stop: bullying, hazing, and hate crimes.
On June 23, various civil rights leaders will relate the Vincent Chin case in a discussion on the importance of fighting against discrimination. Phil Yu a.k.a. Angry Asian Man will moderate a distinguished panel of speakers including Congressmember Judy Chu (CA-32), CAIR-SF Executive Director Zahra Billoo, OCA Executive Director Tom Hayashi, and Asian American Justice Center Executive Director Mee Moua, and more. Several media sources including KoreAm Journal are serving as sponsors of the event.
Vincent Chin died in Detroit on June 23, 1982 after being fatally beat by two unemployed autoworkers, Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz, with a baseball bat. They assumed Chin was Japanese, who were being scapegoated for the United States’ declining auto industry in the early 1980s. The outraged Asian American community retaliated through a string of legal battles but Ebens and Nitz walked away cleared of all charges.
Chin continues to exist as a symbol of the burgeoning pan-Asian movement, embodying the urgent need to ensure civil rights for Asian Americans everywhere.
For more information, visit APA for Progress.