Michigan city of Detroit to honor Asian American man killed in 1982

Forty years later — and amid a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans — Detroit has partnered with The Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance & Rededication Coalition on a four-day commemoration to honor civil rights efforts that began with Chin’s death and declare the city’s commitment against such violence.

Although hate crimes existed, Vincent Chin did bring out a flash point for Asian Americans,” Stanley Mark, senior staff attorney at the New York-based Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, disse, calling Chin’s deatha seminal moment among Asian Americans.

Chin, a 27-year-old Chinese immigrant, was at the Fancy Pants Tavern strip club in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park for his bachelor party on June 19, 1982, when a fight erupted. Federal authorities said two autoworkers blamed Chin for layoffs at car factories due to Japanese imports. After Chin left the club, the two men tracked him down at a fast food eatery and attacked him, hanno detto le autorità. Chin later died at a hospital.

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The Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance & Rededication commemoration started Thursday.

Vincent Chin, a former Detroit native, was honored by the city as his death sparked a civil rights movement for Asian Americans.

Vincent Chin, a former Detroit native, was honored by the city as his death sparked a civil rights movement for Asian Americans.

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