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The Legacy of Vincent Chin: Resistance, Remembrance, Renewal | Association of Chinese Americans (ACA)

June 19, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


On June 19, 1982, 27-year old Chinese American Vincent Chin was brutally beaten in Highland Park, Michigan by two white autoworkers. They believed Chin was of Japanese descent and blamed him for the declining U.S. auto manufacturing industry. Chin later died of his injuries. Chin’s death and the lenient sentences that were subsequently given to his attackers catalyzed activism among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in conjunction with other communities of color.

This year marks the passing of Vincent Chin 39 years ago. Please join us for an intergenerational panel webinar on Saturday, June 19 to discuss what the Vincent Chin case means for Asian American activism today—and in the future. The panel will feature activist and author HELEN ZIA; attorney and University of Michigan A/PIA studies lecturer ROLAND HWANG; and attorney JIM SHIMOURA. Zia, Hwang, and Shimoura led the campaign for justice for Vincent Chin, and they continue to champion equality and civil rights protections for Asian Americans.

They will be joined by two emerging voices in the AAPI community: ANNA DANG (Southeast Asia Resource Action Center) and ANNA LIN (Association of Chinese Americans). The panelists will commemorate Chin’s life and the AAPI community’s resistance to racism; and discuss strategies for renewing AAPI commitment to social justice and equity in the 21st century in light of the recent surge in anti-Asian bias, as well as national conversations about systemic racism, police violence, and immigration reform.

If you have any questions for the panelists, please provide them in the “Questions & Comments” section below or email us at acadetroit@acaccc.org.


June 19, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT