“Who Killed Vincent Chin?” documents the Asian-American civil rights movement

January 7, 2011

Produced by Milos Stehlik

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The murder of Vincent Chin in 1982 triggered a pan-Asian civil rights movement.

For our occasional series Images, Movies and Race, Film Contributor Milos Stehlik talks with filmmaker Christine Choy. She says Asian Americans face a special kind of discrimination. Her 1989 documentary "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" was nominated for an Academy Award. The film documents the story of a Chinese American who was beaten to death by an unemployed auto worker and his stepson. Outrage over the lenient treatment of the two men helped spur a pan-Asian civil rights movement. Milos talks with Choy about economic and social conditions Asian American want to change today.