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Film Screening of “VINCENT WHO?” followed by Q&A with Writer/Producer Curtis Chin
- Curtis Chin (Award-winning Writer and Producer)
Program time table:
7:00 – 7:10 p.m. Introduction
7:10 – 7:50 p.m. Film screening
7:50 – 9:00 p.m. Producer’s talk and Q & A
Overview of the film “VINCENT WHO?”:
In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments arising from massive layoffs in the auto industry, a Chinese-American named Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers. Chin’s killers, however, got off with a $3,000 fine and 3 years probation, but no jail time. Outraged by this injustice, Asian Americans around the country united for the first time across ethnic and socioeconomic lines to form a pan-Asian identity and civil rights movement.
Among its significant outcomes, the movement led to the historic broadening of federal civil rights protection to include all people in America regardless of immigrant status or ethnicity.
The documentary film VINCENT WHO? explores this important legacy through interviews with the key players at the time as well as a whole new generation of activists whose lives were impacted by Vincent Chin. It also looks at the case in relation to the larger narrative of Asian American history, in such events as Chinese Exclusion, Japanese American Internment in WWII, the 1992 L.A. Riots, anti-Asian hate crimes, and post-9/11 racial profiling.
Ultimately, VINCENT WHO? asks how far Asian Americans have come since the case and how far they have yet to go.
The film has screened at over 500 venues around the world. This will be its Japanese premiere. For more information about the film, please go to http://vincentwhomovie.com/
Award-winning Writer and Producer
Curtis Chin is an award-winning writer and producer who has written for ABC, NBC, Fox, the Disney Channel and more. As a community activist, he co-founded the Asian American Writers Workshop and Asian Pacific Americans for Progress. In 2008, he served on Barack Obama’s Asian American Leadership Council where he participated in helping the campaign reach out to the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and other media outlet.