Do you know who Vincent Chin is?
This is a question that is often asked to Asian American students in universities across America. Surprisingly, the majority of Asian Americans don’t know who Vincent Chin is and what his death meant to the community. I first found out about Vincent Chin in 2004 after seeing a flyer for the documentary Who Killed Vincent Chin? Learning about his story changed the way I viewed myself as an Asian American student in the Midwest. Curtis Chin, founder of Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP) recently released a statement on the Vincent Who? on dvd and how you can get your free copy along with a one year membership at APAP.
It all started with a simple goal: to remember Vincent Chin.
In 2007, on the 25th anniversary of his death, APAP organized a series of fourteen townhalls around the country to discuss the impact of his life and legacy. We gathered many of the leading civil rights leaders in our community to ask how far had we come and how far we had yet to go. From those discussions came our award-winning documentary, “Vincent Who?”, which has now toured to over 130 colleges, libraries and law firms around the country.
Now you have a chance to help support our work and own your own copy of the film.
For the past five years, APAP’s national network has been on the forefront of advancing progressive issues in our community. We have organized activist training sessions, countless phone banks, canvasses and townhalls. In addition, through our PAC, we have placed six paid fellows on various campaigns across the country.
To continue our work, we need your help. A one-year membership is just $30.
And as a special offer to new members, you can order additional copies of our film for just $15. That’s half off and you’ll get free shipping, too. Order a copy and donate it to your friend, your family or your local school, library or non-profit.
Please help us continue our work.
The Board of Asian Pacific Americans for Progress.
Please note: Vincent Who? does not have an official film site and any other sites not including the Asian Pacific Americans for Progress logo have not been officially approved. Please be aware that purchases made on those other sites do not benefit the work of our organization.
Vincent Chin’s legacy should mean something to the Filipino community because for the first time in American history, Asian Americans were united in the fight for civil rights in the U.S. I have my copy of Vincent Who? and it was worth every penny. A part of the documentary that caught my attention was when an elderly Filipino activist was quoted on why he was at a rally for Vincent Chin. He stated that he was there because if Asian Americans don’t stand together then we will be always divided. Learning about Lily Chin (Vincent Chin’s mother) has taught me that one person can make a difference and even though the Asian American community doesn’t have a Jesse Jackson, there are a handful of Lily Chin’s out there. After the Vincent Chin, the murder of Filipino American postal worker Joseph Ileto is arguably the most high-profile hate crime committed against an Asian American. August 10th was Ileto’s eleven year death anniversary. The death of Vincent Chin and Joseph Ileto is a part of American history. Their stories should never be forgotten and future generations need to be educated on the their legacy. For more information, please visit apaforprogress.org and support the national network.