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Film: Who Killed Vincent Chin?

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Registration is NOT required, but recommended
Members: Free | Visitors: Free with admission ($10)

Film Screening: Who Killed Vincent Chin?

In conjunction with "Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library"
This Academy-Award nominated film is a powerful statement about racism in working-class America. It relates the stark facts of Vincent Chin's brutal murder. A 27-year-old Chinese-American, Chin was celebrating his last days of bachelorhood in a Detroit bar. An argument broke out between him and Ron Ebens, a Chrysler Motors foreman. Ebens shouted ethnic insults, the fight moved outside, and before onlookers, Ebens bludgeoned Chin to death with a baseball bat. In the ensuing trial, Ebens was let off with a suspended sentence and a small fine. Outrage filled the Asian-American community to the point where they organized an unprecedented civil rights protest. His bereaved mother, brought up to be self-effacing, successfully led a nationwide crusade for a retrial. This tragic story is interwoven with the whole fabric of timely social concerns. It addresses issues such as the failure of our judicial system to value every citizen's rights equally, the collapse of the automobile industry under pressure from Japanese imports, and the souring of the American dream for the blue collar worker.
Documentary film directed by Christine Choy and produced by Renee Tajima
1 hour 22 minutes
Copyright © 1990. Used by permission of Filmakers Library. All rights reserved.
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