Editor’s note: Erika L. Moritsugu is Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Senior Liaison at the White House.
Krystal Ka‘ai is Executive Director of the White House Initiative and President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
Act To Change invites everyone to stand against bullying, hate and racism in a virtual event called “United We Heal” this May 18 at 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. EST.
One in four Asian American youth report being bullied due to Covid-19. Four out of 10 Pacific Islander students are bullied. In 2021, nonprofit Act To Change’s Asian American Bullying Survey Report showed that 80% of Asians have experienced in-person or online bullying. Despite this, many AAPIs don’t look to get help because of cultural, religious and language barriers.
- Politicians and Asian American community leaders gathered at the intersection of Peterboro and Cass in Detroit’s Chinatown on Monday to recognize the life and legacy of Vincent Chin and announce a four-day commemoration that will start on June 16.
- The commemoration, titled “Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance & Rededication,” will launch the Vincent Chin 40th Commemorative Film Series and include conversations about “democracy, racial justice and Asian American culture.”
- "We cannot talk about hate crimes and senseless killing without talking about Vincent Chin," Rebeka Islam, director of the Vincent Chin 40th Committee, said at the gathering. “This is the place to really have these movements and educate people and what does that mean for tomorrow.”
- Chin, a 27-year-old Chinese American industrial draftsman, was celebrating his bachelor party before becoming involved in a racially motivated attack on June 19, 1982.
- He was brutally beaten by Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz with a baseball bat and died at the hospital on June 23, 1982, less than a week before his wedding.
A coalition of national and local groups shared its plan to hold a four-day commemoration in June to mark the 40th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s murder.
Politicians and Asian American community leaders gathered at the intersection of Peterboro and Cass in Detroit’s Chinatown Monday to recognize the life and legacy of Chin, who was killed during a racially motivated attack on June 19, 1982.
The 1987 documentary film “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” was recently inducted into the National Film Registry (NFR) of the Library of Congress this year.
A film honor: The documentary, directed by Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Peña and produced by Detroit Public TV and Film News Now, explores the case of Vincent Chin, a 27-year-old Chinese American man who was beaten to death with a baseball bat while out at his bachelor party with his friends in Detroit on June 19, 1982.
“Eternals” and “Nomadland” director Chloé Zhao is set to oversee the development of a limited series based on the murder of Vincent Chin.
Adapting a tragedy: Film production company Participant has tapped the Oscar-winning filmmaker to serve as executive producer for the upcoming TV show, reported Deadline.
Two filmmakers spent 6 years studying Vincent Chin’s murder – Here’s why it’s so hard to prove a hate crime
The recent news of Robert Aaron Long’s plea deal in the murder of four Asian spa workers in Cherokee County, Georgia is a bittersweet triumph. He was given four life sentences without the possibility of parole, but the Cherokee County District Attorney explicitly stated, “Your honor, in discussing this case with Mr. Burns, the defense’s position is that this was not any type of hate crime,” saying that the defense found no racial bias in the case. The FBI came to the same conclusion. With the four remaining murders still to be tried in Fulton County, the District Attorney there stated she intends to continue to pursue the case as a hate crime, keeping the domestic terrorism charges, and seek the death penalty. This is yet another example of the difficulties of proving racial bias in a court of law, especially when it comes to Asian Americans.
When Robert Aaron Long killed eight people in Atlanta back in March, the Asian American community could see this for what it was: a hate crime. Six of the victims were Asian women who worked at spas. This was not a coincidence. Their race and occupation made them targets. Asian women are fetishized in our culture, which is linked to the stereotype of seeing them as sex workers, a relic from colonialism and imperialism, multiple American wars in Asia, and the portrayal of Asian women in Hollywood films and television. The killer, however, claimed that this had nothing to do with race. He is “deeply religious,” struggles with a “sex addiction” and felt he needed to kill these women to remove the temptation they presented. With the news of Long’s plea deal came the revelation that he did in fact frequent these spas. If this is true, it would follow, then, that he either chose these Asian spas based off the stereotype that Asian spas are fronts for sex work, or that he chose Asian spas specifically because he had an Asian fetish. It seems highly questionable that he frequented multiple spas to solicit sex acts, and it was only a coincidence that they were all explicitly staffed by Asian workers. We are unaware of any hard evidence making this connection. For now, we are left to sift through circumstantial evidence to determine what was in his head that day. We are all too familiar with such a journey.
Film production Participant is developing a scripted limited series inspired by the murder of Vincent Chin in an exclusive agreement with the Chin Estate and Helen Zia.
About the series: Participant’s series will be the “only authorized telling of the landmark civil rights case following the 1982 murder,” according to Deadline.
Asian American activist Helen Zia revealed that the makers behind the star-studded podcast about the murder of Vincent Chin in 1982 never tried to connect with her or the Chin Estate during the development of the five-episode audio series despite her major role in demanding justice.
A podcast co-produced by Gemma Chan that centers on the murder of Vincent Chin in 1982 is now available.
What you need to know: “Hold Still, Vincent,” which was announced in early April, begins with a table read of a feature screenplay by Johnny Ngo.
Writer and producer Marilyn Fu is bringing Vincent Chin’s story to life in a limited series from Amazon Studios and First Look Media’s Topic Studios.
Chin, 27, was killed in 1982 in Detroit by two former autoworkers who believed he was Japanese and responsible for taking their jobs.