Do you know who Vincent chin? No, is the most common answer to this question shown in a video to spark Asian American activism. Vincent Chin was murdered at the age of 27 in 1982, beaten to death by two men with a baseball bat at a Detroit bar. The two men apparently blamed him for being out of work because the success of the Japanese auto industry. The two men even pleaded guilty and did not deny they did it and argued that it was just a simple bar fight with a bad ending and that it was not a racist act. The two men were given three years probation and a fine of $3,000. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Three years in probation… These men should be behind bars for life for a hate crime murder. This incident caused Asian Americans around the country to protest this decision with heavy emphasis on their civil rights. This was said to be one of the first forms of civil rights movements for Asian Americans. This led federal prosecutors to try the two men who murdered him for violation of Chin’s civil rights. The main perpetrator was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the violation. Finally a little justice right, but no the appeal process overturned the ruling. Downright absurd I say.
Activists are using his story to fuel young Asian Americans to seek justice and unite as a whole community to make change in America. The trailer made for the film attributes the lack of power positions held by Asians ultimately affected the outcome of this brutal crime. They promote the community to stand together and make a difference to bring change the way Asian Americans are represented in America. They want Asian’s to stop just wanting to “fit” in, go out and prove their thoughts, words, and actions count just as much as anyone else’s.
The video wants people to strive to break the glass ceiling and never stop going up. It also promotes individuals to not just conform to the marginalized role our society has labeled Asian Americans with. They need people to challenge this dominant ideologies created by media representations that influence these stereotypes. It is a fact that the hierarchical power structures of America must be changed for the greater good of our country as a whole but I believe another aspect to be attributed is civil injustices served by our country 30 years ago. This video trailer really touches the heart of people and I believe it can create great influential power within the Asian American community.