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 probation, Asian Americans around the country galvanized for the first time to form a real community and movement. This documentary features interviews with the 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.
Tags: Asian American, hate crimes, 9/11, Japanese American Internment, politics, media images, minority rights
Curtis Chin has written for shows on ABC, the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, as well as projects for NBC and Fox. He has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the San Diego Asian American Film Foundation, among others. He has screened his films at nearly 600 venues in ten countries with the White House, Amnesty International, Lincoln Center, the Norwegian government, and more. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR, and in Newsweek and other media outlets. He is currently on hiatus as a Visiting Scholar at New York University.
This 40-minute film has screened at over 500 universities and non-government organizations in the US and internationally, including: the American Library Association, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), Association of Asian American Studies, and more.
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