This week in History Club we’ll discuss the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin.
Chin was a Chinese American killed by two white Michigan autoworkers who mistook him for Japanese. The men were angry at Japanese competition with the Detroit auto industry. They served no jail time.
The murder helped to galvanize Asians from diverse backgrounds into a common political category of “Asian American” that could jointly confront discrimination. We’ll discuss the circumstances surrounding Chin’s murder, its effects on Asian Americans, and how it resonates ominously with the attacks faced by Chinese Americans today.
Our guest is Aryani Ong, civil rights attorney and advocate for Asian American causes.
Join us on Clubhouse Thursday night at 10 ET. We’ll do a 1-on-1 conversation, followed by audience Q&A. (Add to calendar.)
Below: Lily Chin holds a photograph of her son Vincent, 27, who was beaten to death on June 23, 1982. Photograph cropped from HISTORY.com.
See you on Clubhouse, Thursday, May 13 at 10 PM ET.
P.S. - Visit the Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month website for more information and resources related to AAPI issues.