June 23rd is the anniversary of the death of Vincent Chin. In 1982, Two white autoworkers bludgeoned Vincent Chin, a Chinese American man, to death with a baseball bat because he represented "Japanese" automobiles. Because of the local justice system, the two white workers never went to jail or paid more than a few thousand in fines. However, it sparked a nationwide campaign for civil rights for Asian Americans.
On Thursday, June 23, 2011, 6:30-8pm, an adhoc group of interested individuals are organizing a vigil in Columbus Park, Manhattan (67 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013, Chinatown) to remember Vincent Chin and honor the role that his death played in the Asian Pacific American civil rights movement. They have invited the Organization of Chinese Americans, CAAAV as well as a number of other organizations to speak.
The vigil's purpose is to serve as a time and place for people in NYC to:
-reflect on Vincent Chin’s death and its significance.
-hear from leaders and fellow community members about the APA movement and the fight against hate crimes today, and also provide an opportunity for anyone to express his or her thoughts about Vincent Chin.
-find ways to get engaged with the APA movement and connect with one another in solidarity.
-make a statement against all hate crimes, which continue to ravage all marginalized communities on a daily basis.
6 pm - Begin gathering in the pavilion in Columbus Park.
6:30 pm - Liz OuYang, President of OCA-NY, will give opening remarks to begin the vigil.
6:45 – 7:45 pm
Spoken word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
The Sikh Coalition
CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities
More speakers will be announced shortly. There will also be time for people attending the event to share their thoughts about Vincent Chin.
7:45 – 8 pm – Roll call for those who have died in racially motivated incidents since Vincent Chin.
We will also be playing sound bites during the event from the documentary, Vincent Who. (The filmmakers have granted us permission to share their work with the public.)
Also, the Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP) and the producers of "Vincent Who? to honor the anniversary have posted a free online version of "Vincent Who?" via a new website:
Also on the new site is the latest touring schedule for 2011-12, more research material on the Vincent Chin case and ordering information for your very own V. Chin t-shirts from blacklava.
Also, information about a Vincent Chin conference in August: