JACL Detroit- Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance and Rededication
June 16 - June 19
In June 1982, a Chinese American man by the name of Vincent Chin was targeted and brutally attacked in Highland Park, Michigan. Witnesses reported hearing his attackers shout, “It’s because of you we’re out of work!”–a reference to the economic downturn in the 1970s and 80s that hit the Motor City hard, coupled with competition from up-and-coming Japanese auto manufacturers. He died several days later. This led to the formation of American Citizens for Justice, a pan-ethnic organization committed to seeking justice for Vincent Chin, and to fighting racial violence broadly writ. Vincent Chin’s killing is a major flashpoint in the history of Asian America, particular for those of us living in the Midwest. It hits close to home, and also reminds us that an attack on one is an attack on all; and no one is safe until we all are safe. Ever since the 1908s, the Detroit Chapter has had a long-standing relationship with ACJ, and many overlapping members. For the 40-year anniversary of Chin’s death, ACJ and other organizations are putting together a massive program of remembrance and rededication through art, education, and community dialogue. This is history in memoriam and history in the making. For more information, visit https://www.vincentchin.