Twenty-six years ago this week, Vincent Chin was beaten by two unemployed white auto workers mistaking Chin for a Japanese (as if that would make things right). I had written about Vincent Chin twice – once last year around this time commemorating the 25th anniversary, and more recently in April, about the documentary, “Vincent Who?” Roland Hwang, of American Citizens for Justice, writes a nice piece in IMDiversity, “”Vincent Who?” – Remembering the Historic Importance of the Vincent Chin Case of 26 Years Ago” and asks:
“…Are we better off in terms of understanding race relations and achieving tolerance than the time of Vincent Chin death 26 years ago? If you struggle with the answer to that question, or if you are unfamiliar with the case’s background, issues and historic importance to the Asian American movement, take the opportunity to see the movie “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” by Renee Tajima Pena and Christine Choy, and the upcoming film “Vincent Who?” by Tony Lam — coming to a venue near you this year.”
I’ve actually tried pretty hard to find a copy of the documentary “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” but can’t find a copy anywhere… and not sure if and when “Vincent Who?” will be screened again in the Bay Area anytime soon. Please let me know if you know of how to get a hold of either documentaries. I’d love to actually watch them.