On June 19, 1982, a Chinese American man named Vincent Chin went with friends to a strip club in Detroit to celebrate his upcoming wedding.
The light sentencing sparked national outrage and fueled a movement for pan-Asian American rights.
Chin was born in China’s Guangdong province and grew up in Detroit with his adoptive Chinese American parents.
He describes Vincent Chin as a family friend, and says some of his relatives were in Vincent Chin’s wedding party.
“It was the first time Asian Americans were protected in a federal civil rights prosecution,” says Renee Tajima-Peña, a professor of Asian American studies at UCLA and co-director of Who Killed Vincent Chin?