In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers, blaming Chin for the loss of their jobs. After Vincent Chin’s killers received a mere $3,000 fine and three years probation, Asian Americans around the country united in protest, marking one of the first times that the common identity of an Asian American community. Curtis Chin’s documentary Vincent Who? asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far we have yet to go.
A decade after the release of Vincent Who, that sentiment rings true today with growing xenophobia against Asian American sentiments during the coronavirus pandemic. Join CHSA for a discussion with Curtis Chin, the producer of the documentary Vincent Who? Curtis will discuss his work on the documentary and the legacy of Vincent Chin still holds today.
As part of the event, audience members will be able to ask Curtis questions about his work with Vincent Who? and other projects. You can submit questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Please note: The screening of Vincent Who? is not included with this program. To watch the documentary in advance, visit Kanopy (available for San Francisco Public Library card holders) or the documentary’s website. Further resources can be found here.
Curtis Chin is an award-winning writer and producer who has written for ABC, NBC, Fox, the Disney Channel, and more. A member of the Writers Guild of America, he has also won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the San Diego Asian American Film Festival, and others. He has also served on panels for the New York State Arts Council, the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, and the Liberty Hill Foundation. In addition to Vincent Who?, Chin is known for his work on Tested (2015) and Our Chinatown (2020).