Movie Notes - Vincent Chin
Movie Notes - Vincent Chin AAS 100
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Date Created: 10/06/16
Movie Notes (10/6/16) Vincent Chin (Chinese American) – Hate crime murder in Detroit, Michigan in 1982 by two autoworkers – Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz They were yelling at him that because of him they’re out of work, then was hit with a baseball bat, his last words were “it’s not fair” – they blamed the Japanese for the U.S. auto industry’s troubles The judge’s decision was $3,000 and 3 years of probation – people thought that the judge felt that the life of an Asian American was worthless All Asian Americans were furious that the two men got away with murder of Vincent Chin – It was a wake-up call for them Protest occurred in San Francisco, China Town in 1983 – major turning point for the Asians People thought that hate crime was just between Black vs. White but after this incident, America saw the reality The court debated whether it was even worth taking a look at this case. It wasn’t just a yes or no answer People believed that if Asians were a part of the government at the time, things would have been different Till today, Asian Americans are still upset and want them to stand up for themselves rather than just trying to “fit in” Not many students today know who Vincent Chin was because they weren’t taught about in school 1999 – An African American and a Korean American were gunned down by a Caucasian man When 9/11 happened, Japanese Americans came out and said they don’t want their fellow South Asian brothers to suffer like they did before. They didn’t want them to go through the strip searches, living in detainment camps. They stood up for the Muslim and the Sikh communities. 2
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