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From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo

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I am surprised that I and many others have not heard of Vincent Chin and what had happened to him in 1982. The author, Paula Yoo had written a book about Vincent Chin, his murder, his trial and some may say would be the beginning of the Asian American Movement. In 1982, Vincent Chin, was killed by two white men who were auto workers. At the time, there was a lot of Anti-Asian sentiment because of the rise of Japanese car companies in the United States. Vincent Chin was Chinese, but he was mistaken for being Japanese and killed in a bar in Detroit. The two men who killed Vincent Chin received a rather lenient sentence of only a $3000 fine and three years probation. The protests that followed after led to a federal civil rights trial- the first involving a crime against an Asian American. The book was thoroughly researched from court transcripts, and in person interviews.

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