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"Vincent Who?"

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VINCENT WHO? (40 minutes) - In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers who said, "it's because of you mother** that we're out of work." When the judged fined the killers a mere $3,000 and three years of probation, Asian Americans around the country galvanized to form a real community and movement. This documentary, inspired by a series of townhalls organized by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress on the 25th Anniversary of the case, features interviews with key players at the time, as well as a whole new generation of activists. "Vincent Who?" asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far we have yet to go.

** Winner of the 2009 Media Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education **

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For more information or to contact the producers, please email curtis (at) apaforprogress.org.

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Cast and crew

Featured interviews include: Helen Zia (lead activist during the Chin trial), Renee Tajima Pena (director, "Who Killed Vincent Chin?"), Stewart Kwoh (Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center), Lisa Ling (journalist), Sumi Pendakur (Univ. of Southern California), Dale Minami (civic rights attorney), Frank Wu (former Dean, Wayne State Law School), Doua Thor (Executive Director, Southeast Asian Resource Action Center) and a group of five diverse young APA activists whose lives were impacted by Vincent Chin.

Angelo AnchetaLisa LingPhil Yu, Taz AhmedDale MinamiSejal PatelSumi Pendakur

Cast (in alphabetical order, credits listed during filming):

  • Tanzila Ahmed - blogger, Sepia Mutiny
  • Angelo Ancheta - author
  • Jay Chen - school board member, Hacienda Puente
  • Curtis Chin - board member, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress
  • Judy Chu - Chair, California Board of Equalization
  • Philip Chung - Executive Director, Lodestone Theater
  • Ben DeGuzman - National Coordinator, National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity (NAFVE)
  • Kelly Hu - actress
  • Roland Hwang - lawyer
  • Lillian Ileto - mother of hate crime victim Joseph Ileto
  • Jon Jang - community activist
  • Hamid Khan - Executive Director, South Asian Network
  • Michelle Ko - Loyola University
  • Stewart Kwoh - Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center
  • Corky Lee - photographer
  • Eun Sook Lee - Executive Director, NAKASEC
  • Lisa Ling - journalist
  • Dale Minami - civil rights lawyer
  • Eric Nakamura - Giant Robot
  • Yun-sook Kim Navarre
  • Angela Oh - Executive Director, Western Justice Center
  • Sejal Patel - community activist
  • Sumun Pendakur - Director, Asian Pacific American Students Services (USC)
  • James Shimoura - lawyer
  • Renee Tajima-Pena - Producer, "Who Killed Vincent Chin?"
  • Doua Thor - Executive Director, SEARAC
  • Robin Toma - Executive Director, Los Angeles County Commission on Human Rights
  • Nhung Truong - community activist
  • Francis Wong - community activist
  • Frank Wu - Dean, Wayne State Law School
  • Phil Yu - blogger, Angry Asian Man
  • Helen Zia - author, American Dreams



Upcoming Screenings

We're currently arranging screenings for the 2011-12 school year. Please email us at curtis at apaforprogress dot org for more details on how to book your own screening. Our next screening is at:

  • Friday, June 3 - National Conferenceon Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (San Francisco)


So far, the film has screened at over 200 colleges, libraries and corporations around the country.

Alabama • California • Colorado • Connecticut • Delaware • DC • Florida • Georgia • Idaho • Indiana • Illinois • Iowa • Kansas • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • Nevada • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New York • North Carolina • Ohio • Oklahoma • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Rhode Island • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Virgina • Washington • Wisconsin

The states we still have yet to hit - Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming. Let us know if you'd like to bring us to your school or company!



Trailer and Clips

Check out our trailer on Youtube. We'll also be having some clips posted shortly.  http://www.youtube.com/v/tQivEXrnjNM




Timeline of film production

Fall 2006/Spring 2007 - Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP) begins discussing ways to commemorate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin. The Los Angeles chapter (including producers Curtis Chin, Preeti Kulkarni and Vivian Hao) decides to organize a screening of the documentary "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" along with a panel discussion on the status of Asian American empowerment. Board of Equalization member Judy Chu is asked to provide a recap of the case. Other panelists include Stewart Kwoh, Robin Toma, Hamid Khan and Renee Tajima Pena.

June 2007 - Ultimately, 14 panels would be organized around the country featuring many of the community's leading civil rights leaders. ImaginasianTV sponsors the Los Angeles and New York screenings. In addition, the cable network agrees to televise an edited compilation of the various speakers from around the country, many of whom would eventually appear in the documentary. Director Tony Lam is originally invited to film and edit the Los Angeles screening, at which speaker Robin Toma asks the audience how many people had heard of Vincent Chin. Surprisingly, many in attendance had not heard of the case before the screening.

Fall 2007 - After viewing the video from the various townhalls, it was decided upon review of the poor video and audio quality to re-interview some of the key participants and to shoot additional footage. Chin travels up to Oakland to interview Helen Zia for the film. Composer Steven Pranato joins the creative team. Chin locates the footage of Vincent Chin's fiancee Vicki Wong, as well as the news reports. Lam compiles and edits several cuts of the film.

April 19, 2008 - The film has its first public showing at the 13th Annual Asian American showcase in Chicago and the Association of Asian American Studies Conference. Chin, Lam and producer Cate Park are in attendance. Due to feedback, it's decided to shoot additional interviews.

June 2008 - Chin and Lam travel up to San Francisco to interview Dale Minami, Jon Jang and Francis Wong.

October 4, 2008 - A re-edited version plays at the Washington D.C., Asian Pacific American Film Festival. Again, again, due to more feedback, additional interviews are needed.

November 14, 2008 - Chin and Lam travel to Detroit for half a day to interview original activists/lawyers Roland Hwang and Jim Shimoura and then-Executive Director of the American Citizens for Justice (ACJ), Frances Kai-Hwa Wang.

October 14, 2009 - Producer Chin and the film are awarded the 2009 Media Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education. Chin travels to Denver to screening the film before the awards ceremony.

January 2009 - The final version of the film is released.

Spring 2009 - current - Chin travels to nearly 140 colleges, libraries and corporations to screen the documentary

April 2010 - The DVD is released. A portion of the proceeds through blacklava.net goes to support the ongoing effort of the Vincent Chin legal team. Chin, along with producer Michael Lee, attend the Detroit premiere of the film, held at the Detroit Chinese Community Center. Also serving on the panel with Chin, Lee, Hwang, Shimoura, Wang, and ACJ Board member LG Almeda

August 12, 2010 - Chin returns to Detroit for an additional screening in Detroit at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's Midwest Regional Conference. Joining him on the panel are Hwang and Wang. Chin continues working with the original activists on ways to pursue justice in the case. A portion of the DVD sales through blacklava.net go towards the cause.




Asian Pacific Americans for Progress would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support.

Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation

Asian Pacific American Legal Center • Chinese American Citizens Alliance • Organization of Chinese Americans




Timeline of the case and research guide

Thanks to Roland Hwang for providing this timeline.

June 19, 1982 - Vincent Chin bludgeoned to death.

June 23, 1982 - Vincent Chin dies as a result of his injuries.

March 16, 1983 - Wayne County Judge Charles Kaufman finds Ebens and Nitz guilty of manslaughter after a plea bargain and sentences each of them to three years probation, a $3,000 fine, and $780 in court fees. The prosecuting attorney is not present and neither Chin's mother nor any witnesses is called to testify. Two weeks later, American Citizens for Justice forms.

July 1983 - U.S. Justice Department orders FBI to investigate whether Ebens and Nitz violated Chin's civil rights.

November 1983 - The U.S. Justice Department, following an FBI investigation, files charges and a federal grand jury indicts Ebens and Nitz on two counts - one for violating Chin's civil rights, the other for conspiracy.

June 1984 - Ebens is found guilty of violating Chin's civil rights but not of conspiracy. He is sentenced to 25 years in prison, but is released on a $20,000 bond. Nitz is cleared of both charges.

September 1986 - Ebens' conviction is overturned by a federal appeals court on a legal technicality; an American Citizens for Justice attorney is accused of improperly coaching prosecution witnesses.

April 1987 - Under intense public pressure, the Justice Department orders a retrial, but this time in a new venue: Cincinnati.

May 1987 - In a retrial in Cincinnati, Ebens is cleared by a federal jury.

July 1987 - A civil suit orders Ebens to pay $1.5 million to Chin's estate as part of a court-approved settlement. However, Ebens disposes of his assets and flees the state. He has not paid any of the settlement.

September 1987 - Disgusted with the country's legal system, Lily Chin, Vincent Chin's mother, leaves the U.S. and moves back to her native village in Guangzhou province in China.



Articles and Reviews


ONLINE: Q&A with Curtis Chin on Asian-American civil rights

The murder that galvanized Asian American activism from The Philadelphia Inquirer (March 5, 2010)

Vincent Who? and Thung Phetakoune from the Other Side of the Eye (March 17,2010)

Activists Remember Vincent Chin at MOCA (March 24, 2011)

A Reaction to MOCA's screening of Vincent Who? (March 28, 2011)

"Vincent Who?" on BiCoastal Bitchin' (May 1, 2011)

A New Generation Learns the Legacy of Chin's Murder from Seattle Examiner (May 4, 2011)



Additional links to articles on Vincent Chin

 Vincent Who? (Asian American Press) - March 11, 2011

Remembering Vincent Chin 28 years later (Ann Arbor News) - June 20, 2010

Vincent Chin's hate crime attack was 27 years ago today (Nikkiview) - June 19, 2009

No Justice for Vincent then, No Justice for Luis Now (New American Media) - May 8, 2009

25 years after Vincent Chin murder, Asian Americans still face hate crimes (World Journal) - June 20, 2007

Detroit and the Legacy of Vincent Chin (Solidarity) - November 2002

"I'm Vincent Chin" - The hate crime that created Asian America (imdiversity) - June 19, 2002

A rededication to the struggle: Twenty years after Vincent Chin's murder (Asianweek) - June 26, 2002



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Anonymous Coward on Fri, 06/25/2010 - 10:47

There is an interview re: Vincent Chin that happened just now at US Social Forum.  You can see the whole interview at the link posted below.  Please let me know what you think. Colleen