Vincent Chin: Racial Violence and the Role of Storytelling
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
A moderated discussion of the facts and legacy of the Vincent Chin case, with filmmakers Alle Hsu and Anthony Ma, and U.C. Berkeley's Acting Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (and College Prep parent), Rakesh Bhandari. Hsu and Ma will share their in-depth research—interviews of key players and review of court transcripts in the Chin case—for a narrative series they are developing on this historic moment in civil rights history.
In June 1982, Vincent Chin, a Chinese American celebrating his impending marriage, was killed by two white men in Detroit—a Chrysler plant manager and his stepson, a laid-off autoworker. A witness overheard one of the killers blaming the Japanese for taking American jobs. The no-jail-time sentence the killers received in state court led to grassroots activism by Asian American communities, and a federal civil rights prosecution.