From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry
by Paula Yoo
In 1982, 27-year-old Chinese American, Vincent Chin, was beaten to death by two white men during his bachelor party. Vincent’s killers claimed it was a bar fight gone wrong, while Vincent’s friends and mother believed it was a hate crime. Anti-Asian sentiment was at an all-time high in 1980’s Detroit because many autoworkers—like Vincent’s killers—believed that Japanese car companies posed a threat to their jobs. When Vincent’s killers were given lenient sentences, the spark of fury among Detroit’s Chinese community ignited a powerful flame that became the Asian American movement. This gripping and meticulously researched nonfiction narrative is recommended for aspiring activists and fans of true crime.
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