The film "Vincent Who?" by director Curtis Chin captures a moment in U.S. history that forged the pan-Asian American identity and civil rights movement.
In 1982, when anti-Japanese sentiment was high because of massive layoffs in the U.S. automotive industry, two white autoworkers crossed paths with Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American man, who was celebrating his bachelor party in a Detroit bar. They berated him for taking their jobs, and after following him outside they beat him to death. The two men were fined $3,000 and didn't serve any time in jail.
Screening dates and times include:
Monday, 4/23/12, 12:15 to 1 p.m., University Library, Screening Room A
Tuesday, 4/24/12, 5:15 to 6 p.m., University Library, Screening Room B
Wednesday, 4/25/12, 4:15 to 5 p.m., University Library, Screening Room C
Thursday, 4/26/12, 12:15 to 1 p.m., University Library, Screening Room A
Discussion with the film's director, Curtis Chin, on Wednesday, 5/9/12, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Williman Room in the Benson Center. The student essay contest winner will read his/her essay. Light refreshments will be served.
Legacies Essay Contest: due date is Friday, 5/4/12
Students are invited to prepare a 250-word letter to their older selves. Describe an aspect of your own multicultural legacy that deserves to be treasured and how you wish to help pass it on to others. Some examples include a catalyst moment, a community hero, or a cultural story or practice. Submit the double-spaced essay, with your name at the top, to Mary Ho at firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will share spots on stage with the film's director Curtis Chin and a $50 prize.
Questions? Please contact Mary Ho at email@example.com.