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Vincent Who? (2009)

In 1982, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments. His killers, however, got off with a $3,000 fine and no jail time. Outraged... See full summary »


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Curtis Chin


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Credited cast:
Tanzila Ahmed Tanzila Ahmed
Angelo Ancheta Angelo Ancheta
Jay Chen Jay Chen
Curtis Chin Curtis Chin
Lily Chin Lily Chin
Judy Chu Judy Chu
Philip Chung Philip Chung
Ben DeGuzman Ben DeGuzman
Roland Hwang Roland Hwang
Lillian Ileto Lillian Ileto
Jon C. Jang Jon C. Jang
Hamid Khan Hamid Khan
Michelle Ko Michelle Ko
Stewart Kwoh Stewart Kwoh
Corky Lee Corky Lee


In 1982, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments. His killers, however, got off with a $3,000 fine and no jail time. Outraged by this injustice, Asian Americans around the country united for the first time to form a pan-Asian identity and civil rights movement. This documentary, based off a series of townhalls organized by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, features interviews with the key players at the time as well as a whole new generation of activists whose lives have been impacted by the case. The documentary asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far they have yet to go. Written by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (apaforprogress.org)

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The murder and the movement that forged Asian America


Documentary | Crime



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4 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »


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$150,000 (estimated)
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Overcoming the tragedy and building a legacy: the Asian community fights for their civil rights in America
23 June 2014 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

Like the many people interviewed at this documentary's introduction, I didn't know who Vincent Chin was up until very recently, when I stumbled into an Wikipedia entry that caught my attention. A brief summary of the events: Chin was a Chinese worker tragically murdered in Detroit, in 1982, confused as Japanese by two unemployed white autoworkers due to the Anti-Japanese sentiment brought on by the massive competition in the auto industry with oriental companies taking over the business with their efficiency and causing the American business to shut down with loss after loss, firing thousands of people. What angered society at the time was the fact that the perpetrators received fines and no jail time due to technicalities and a lousy perception from the judge who viewed the murder as a manslaughter, with the men simply intending to cause harm but not kill, he didn't considered as a hate crime and that's it. From that, the Asian community gathered in many American states protesting, forming coalitions and demanding for justice. Sadly, it didn't came but something more powerful rose from it, which helped to avoid more cases like this to take place.

"Vincent Who?" analyzes the crime very briefly, focusing mostly in the advances of the Asian community and their causes in America fighting for civil rights, all which sparkled after the horrible tragedy, always remembering the victim in tributes, discussions and screenings of the Oscar nominated documentary released in 1988. The film is a complement of their efforts in those 30 years raising awareness on their progress and what's more to be done by all the Asian movements in U.S. Thanks to this film, this is an important part of history that won't be forgotten and needs to be more discussed by everyone. 10/10

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