Hate Crimes and Incidents

Asian American Coalitions Hold Vincent Chin 20th Anniversary Remembrances Across the Nation

Thanks to Scott Kurishige and Francis Wong
updated 6/15/02

Led by Asian American Artists, Asian American coalitions are organizing commemorations of the 20th Anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin. Events in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle will be held to mark a hate crime which mobilized Asian Americans nationally. A 3-day remembrance described below will be held in Detroit, where Vincent Chin died.

HATE WAVE AT BROOKLYN HIGH SCHOOL?

thanks to John Choe

The New York Post has reported that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating "Asian-bashing" attacks at a Brooklyn high school by Blacks to determine whether their civil rights were violated.

Among the incidents reported are, in front of Lafayette HS last June, the Asian bashers - armed with chains and martial-arts sticks - broke the 17-year-old's right arm, forcing him to miss final exams and attend summer school to catch up. His father, Sajjad, claimed it was a bias attack.

HMONG TARGETED FOR DEATH IN WISCONSIN

by Mike Liu
updated 5/13/02

Six men convicted of attacking Hmong families have been sentenced to imprisonment for terms from 25 months to nearly 20 years in federal prison. The six were also ordered to pay monetary damages

Michael Nicholson and Andrew Franz received the longest sentences. Others convicted were Augustine LaBarge, Miguel Rodela, Tomas Vanlannen, and Casey Tegelman.

The defendants admitted in court that they did not know the families but targeted them because they were Asian.

NEW HAMPSHIRE BALKS AT HATE CRIME MURDER OF LAOTIAN AMERICAN

by Mike Liu

On August 13, a grand jury indicated Richard Labbe for second degree murder and hate crimes. He will be the first person charged under New Hampshire's hate crime law, which was passed in 1990. He faces a maximum of life imprisonment on the second degree murder charge. If Labbe is convicted for second-degree murder but is sentenced to less than the maximum time, the court may under the hate crime law reimpose a sentence of life in prison.

LETTER TO NEW HAMPSHIRE ATTORNEY GENERAL on Killing of Thung Phetakoune

The Honorable Philip T. McLaughlin
New Hampshire Attorney General
33 Capital St.
Concord, NH 03301

Dear Attorney General McLaughlin:

We, the undersigned Asian Pacific American and Laotian American groups of New England, are writing to urge that you prosecute the brutal killing of Thung Phetakoune as both a murder and a hate crime. We believe it is important that you do not ignore the hate crime aspect of Richard Labbe’s murder of Mr. Phetakoune.

RACISM IS – HATE INDICATORS SPIKE

by Mike Liu
Thanks fot Martha Ta and Zenobial Lai

Racism has spiked up. On Campus, Asian Law Caucus has reported that at Stanford and Duke University, there have been new anti-Asian incidents. More revelations about Darmouth's five years of anti-Asian hate tolerance (see note in Dartmouth section). A poll commissioned by the Committee of 100 during the first half of March reports that most Americans look at Chinese Americans negatively. This jump has been exacerbated by the US spy plane incident

Duke:

MAN CONVICTED FOR SERIAL RAPES OF ASIAN WOMEN

by Mike Liu

A jury convicted a man charged in a series of attacks against Asian-American women in the Chicago area was found guilty of sexually assaulting a fifteen year old Vietnamese American girl.

Mark Anthony Lewis was convicted of home invasion and eight counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault for repeatedly raping the girl in June, 2000. He is awaiting trial on charges that he raped several other Asian American women during that year.

Lewis had posed as a police officer, census taker, and immigration officer to get into homes.

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