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

National Archives Museum

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT

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In 1982, anti–Asian American sentiment simmered, especially in Detroit, where U.S. autoworkers believed Japanese car companies were costing them their jobs. A bar fight turned fatal, leaving a Chinese American man, Vincent Chin, beaten to death at the hands of two White men. With From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry, Paula Yoo examines the killing and the trial. When the killers received a $3,000 fine and probation, the community outrage led to a federal civil rights trial―the first involving a crime against an Asian American―and galvanized what came to be known as the Asian American movement.


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