2401 North Halsted Street,
It has been 35 years since the murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American (mistakenly identified as Japanese) who was killed in Detroit in 1982 at the height of the Japan-bashing era of the 1970s and 80s. This case outraged and galvanized the Asian American community to mobilize, fundraise and mount a legal case, spurring greater political participation and a stronger sense of Asian American identity. Issues of racial animosity and xenophobia have continued to resonate among many communities, not only since the events of 9/11, but also today. Featuring renowned Asian American and LGBTQ activist and author Helen Zia, who played an instrumental role in organizing around the Vincent Chin case, this panel will be moderated by Dr. Ryan Masaaki Yokota (Japanese American Service Committee) and include additional community members in a discussion of the legacy of Vincent Chin’s murder and how to organize to safeguard our civil and human rights.