Chinese-American Vincent Chin, who died in Detroit on June 23, 1982, four days after being brutally attacked by two car workers who mistook him for Japanese. Photo: Vincent Chin EstateChinese-American Vincent Chin, who died in Detroit on June 23, 1982, four days after being brutally attacked by two car workers who mistook him for Japanese. Photo: Vincent Chin Estate
Chinese-American Vincent Chin, who died in Detroit on June 23, 1982, four days after being brutally attacked by two car workers who mistook him for Japanese. Photo: Vincent Chin Estate

The 1982 killing of Vincent Chin was ‘the first time Asian-Americans came together’ to fight for justice

  • Unusually for that era, his mother, Lily Chin, stepped forward to lead a fight for justice and ‘to show that no other mother should go through this’
  • His death was a ‘turning point’, says a filmmaker close to the case, yet few recall it. ‘The American dream story. It’s not about Vincent,’ a museum head says
Topic |   Crime
Chinese-American Vincent Chin, who died in Detroit on June 23, 1982, four days after being brutally attacked by two car workers who mistook him for Japanese. Photo: Vincent Chin EstateChinese-American Vincent Chin, who died in Detroit on June 23, 1982, four days after being brutally attacked by two car workers who mistook him for Japanese. Photo: Vincent Chin Estate
Chinese-American Vincent Chin, who died in Detroit on June 23, 1982, four days after being brutally attacked by two car workers who mistook him for Japanese. Photo: Vincent Chin Estate
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