Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance and Rededication Set for June 16-19 in Detroit

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In 1982, Chin's racially charged murder ignited the modern Asian American civil rights movement. Events offer powerful lessons for today's pandemic of anti-Asian violence.

Forty years after the murder of Vincent Chin and the subsequent miscarriage of justice ignited the modern Asian American Civil Rights Movement, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is part of a coalition of national and local groups planning a four-day commemoration in Detroit.

The Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance & Rededication, which is planned amid a climate of anti-Asian hate and violence that harks back to 1982, will take place June 16-19, 2022, and features a national conversation on democracy, racial justice and Asian American and will launch the Vincent Chin 40th Commemorative Film Series in partnership with Freep Film Festival, with a special screening of the acclaimed, Academy Award-nominated film, Who Killed Vincent Chin? The commemoration also includes a first-time Midwest convening of Asian American documentary filmmakers; community dialogues; cultural performances; and a motorcade to the graves of Vincent Chin and his parents for a remembrance ceremony.

“The horrific beating death of Vincent Chin in 1982 on the eve of his bachelor party led to a landmark civil rights movement led by Asian Americans,” said Helen Zia, executor of the Vincent and Lily Chin Estate and a co-founder of American Citizens for Justice (ACJ), which formed in 1983 to seek justice for Vincent Chin. “The present-day wave of anti-Asian hate violence has rekindled awareness of Vincent’s legacy. Our hope is that these events will engage present and future generations in the commitment to social justice and the fight against racism and hate.”

Helen Zia
Photo by Corky Lee

The official Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance and Rededication events are being organized by the Planning Committee that includes the Vincent and Lily Chin Estate; ACJ; the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM); the City of Detroit Office of Arts, Culture, and Entrepreneurship (ACE); and Detroit Public Television (DPTV). The Kresge Foundation is the presenting sponsor for the landmark events.

“Detroit has been a major locus of the long-road struggle for a just America for all,” said Wendy Lewis Jackson, Managing Director of Kresge’s Detroit Program. “The Kresge Foundation is honored to support this milestone of the Asian American Civil Rights movement in the aftermath of Vincent Chin’s murder. We look forward to public education, essential conversations and rededication to our collective stand against hate and violence.”

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta and leading global advocate for women’s rights, Irene Natividad, will serve as honorary co-chairs of the four-day commemoration, which the Planning Committee hopes will join allies across the country with Detroiters to stand against hate.

“Our movement is committed to equal justice for all and a stand against racism and discrimination of any kind,” said civil rights attorney Jim Shimoura, chair of the Vincent Chin 40th Planning Committee and co-founder of ACJ.

“These events are about remembrance and rededication of a hate crime that defined our civil rights movement,” added Roland Hwang, president and co-founder of ACJ, and a member of the Planning Committee.

The commemoration is designed to bring together original organizers and activists from the Vincent Chin movement and today’s racial and social justice leaders. Programming will examine the impact of Vincent Chin’s murder on America as well as celebrate the deep roots of Asian Americans in Detroit through arts, culture, and a history tour. Additionally, the committee will produce and distribute a teaching toolkit and discussion guide about why Vincent Chin’s legacy and the subsequent civil rights movement matter today. Read on to learn more about the key events…

“Who Killed Vincent Chin?,” directed by Christine Choy & Renee Tajima-Peña.

Complicating Narratives: Diverse Voices of the American Midwest – 2022 Midwest Asian American Documentary Filmmakers Convening 

Thursday, June 16, 2022 – Friday, June 17, 2022
International Institute of Metro Detroit

Hosted by CAAM, the first ever Midwest Asian American Documentary Filmmakers Convening will bring together creatives and leaders from the field to discuss strategic collaborations and opportunities for filmmaking, media arts organizations, and Asian American documentary filmmakers. This event is by invitation only.

Vincent Chin 40th Commemorative Film Series

Thursday, June 16, 2022 – Friday, June 17, 2022
Detroit Film Theater

The Commemorative Film Series will include special screenings of two important documentaries that honor the legacy of Vincent and Lily Chin. The first is an iconic documentary that has influenced generations of filmmakers, and the second gives voice to new generations fighting for a more just America. Bad Axe by David Siev will screen will screen on June 16th followed by a Q&A with CAAM Festival and Exhibitions Director Thuy Tran, and the recently restored Academy Award-nominated Who Killed Vincent Chin? by Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Pena on June 17th.

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National Conversation on Asian Americans, America, and Democracy

Saturday, June 18, 2022
Detroit Film Theater

National conversation about American democracy, racial justice and Asian Americans. This will be a keystone event of four days Remembrance and Rededication to Justice, a thoughtful exchange with three conversants, moderated by Amna Nawaz of PBS NewsHour. Featuring authors Min Jin Lee, Michael Eric Dyson, and Helen Zia, with an introduction by Lonnie G. Bunch III. We seek a deeper exchange between thought leaders on the prospects of bringing disparate communities together by breaking down barriers that keep communities apart.

Watch “National Conversation on Asian Americans, America, and Democracy ” on CAAM’s  Facebook and YouTube on June 18th at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT / 7 a.m. HT.

An Evening of Asian American Arts, Music and Joy

Spoken word, music and dance that speaks to justice and civil rights
Saturday, June 18, 2022

St. Andrews Hall, Wayne State University Midwest Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) musicians, dancers and poets will present a two-hour performance embodying the collaboration, healing, and spirit of unity necessary to push our communities forward. Featured performers include Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Electronic Music Ensemble of Wayne State (EMEWS) directed by Joo Won Park, Nobuko Miyamoto and Joori Jung.

Community Dialogues: Remembrance and Rededication

Sunday, June 19, 2022
Detroit Film Theater

Two historic panel discussions – one that reunites original Vincent Chin activists and one that brings together emerging leaders – will examine where the modern Asian civil rights movement started and where it is going. (Richard Lui, recorded)

Interfaith Remembrance Ceremony Sunday

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Interfaith leaders and a family member of Vincent Chin will offer prayers and reflections on the legacy of Vincent Chin and the solidarity against hate and in the quest for justice for all. At graveside, the U.S. flag that draped the casket of Chin’s father, a veteran of World War II, will be unfurled.


National PBS Broadcast of ‘Who Killed Vincent Chin?’

Co-presented by Detroit Public Television (DPTV) and CAAM
Monday, June 20, 2o22 | 10 p.m. ET check your local PBS station listings


Who Killed Vincent Chin PBS

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