‘Vincent Who?’ to Be Screened at JACL Convention

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At this year’s 42nd National JACL Convention  in Los Angeles, a special screening of the documentary “Vincent Who?” will be shown, and producer Curtis Chin will be present for a Q&A session.

The screening will take place Friday, July 8, from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, 1755 N. Highland Ave. It is free for convention attendees and the local Japanese American community.

The filmmaker gives the following synopsis: “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 three 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.

“ ‘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.”

Interviewees include Helen Zia (lead activist during the Chin trial), Renee Tajima Pena (director, “Who Killed Vincent Chin?”), Stewart Kwoh (executive director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center), Lisa Ling (journalist), Sumi Pendakur (University of Southern California), Dale Minami (civil rights attorney), Frank Wu (former dean, Wayne State Law School), Doua Thor (executive director, Southeast Asian Resource Action Center), and Phil Yu (AngryAsianMan.com).

In recognition of the 29th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s death, Curtis Chin and his team have partnered with Asian Pacific Americans for Progress to offer free viewings of the film throughout the month of July. For more information, visit www.vincentwhomovie.com.

For information on the convention, visit http://jacl.org/convention/la/home.html.

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