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In 1982, Vincent Chin, a 27-year-old Chinese American, was murdered by two white men who blamed him for the success of the Japanese auto industry and the recession in the American Midwest.

His death sparked outrage within Asian American communities across the country, especially as the men behind it faced only a $3,000 fine and three years of probation.

The discussion was held in connection with an upcoming PBS series called “Asian Americans,” which explores the impact of the communities on the country through personal stories.

“I cannot think of a more important conversation to be having right now,” Nawaz said in her introduction to the town hall.

She added that “2020 was supposed to be a consequential year for Asian Americans,” pointing to the reported increased importance of the voting bloc, the anticipated impact of Asian Americans on the 2020 census, and the presence of Andrew Yang as the first major Asian American presidential candidate.

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