Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Fuller Hall, YWCA Laniākea, Fuller Hall (1040 Richards Street, Honolulu, HI 96813)
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Seating is limited. Registration in advance is encouraged.
Come to YWCA Laniākea for a screening of Vincent Who?, followed by a panel discussion featuring filmmaker Curtis Chin. The panel includes civil rights expert/law professor Mari Matsuda and community organizer/attorney Hoyt Zia with moderator Scoring Live Reporter Wes Nakama.
(2009, 40 minutes) – 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 3 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. This documentary features interviews with the key players at the time, as well as a whole new generation of activists. “Vincent Who?” asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far we have yet to go. Featured interviews 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 (Univ. of Southern California), Dale Minami (civic rights attorney), Doua Thor (Executive Director, Southeast Asian Resource Action Center), and a group of five diverse young APA activists whose lives were impacted by Vincent Chin.
Learn more about the film here.
This screening brought to you by the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) - Hawaii Chapter in collaboration with Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), Japanese American Citizens League-Honolulu Chapter (JACL), Media Council Hawaii (MCH), National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA-Hawaii), Organization of Chinese Americans - Hawaii, and the YWCA of O'ahu.
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