Tuesday, ask May 1, viagra the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Hawaii chapter and other local organizations will present a screening of the award-winning documentary film, Vincent Who?, at the YWCA Laniakea. This collaborative effort aims to provide the public with an educational opportunity to learn about an important case in American civil rights history.
The screening is 5 to 7 p.m. in Fuller Hall. Immediately following the film, attendees will be treated to a panel discussion featuring filmmaker Curtis Chin, civil rights expert and attorney Mari Matsuda, and community organizer and attorney Hoyt Zia.
Vincent Who? tells the story of a Chinese-American who was murdered in 1982 by two white autoworkers in Detroit. The incident took place at the height of anti-Japanese sentiment because of the massive layoffs in the auto industry. The killers were ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and were sentenced to three years probation, but no jail time. This injustice sparked a pan-Asian identity and civil rights movement across the U.S.
“This year marks the 30th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s murder and yet his story remains widely unknown. AAJA Hawaii wanted to help commemorate the incident and give people of all generations a chance to reflect on the issues that surrounded this case,” said Lauren Kawana, president of AAJA Hawaii chapter. “We hope all who attend will come away with a greater appreciation for the individuals who fought for justice on behalf of Vincent Chin and the importance of continued racial and ethnic acceptance in our communities.”
The public and media are invited to attend. For more information visit www.ywcaoahu.org/vincentwho.