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June 22, 2012

Vincent Chin 30th Year Remembrance Events in Detroit, June 23-24, 2012

Filed under: Detroit,Memorials,Performances — EL @ 12:23 am

I am honored to be invited to perform a poem at the gravesite of Vincent Chin, during the 30th Year Remembrance, this Saturday, June 23, 2012. See below for the Detroit-area commemorations happening this weekend. Hope to see you, and if not, I hope you are doing your own part to remember Vincent Chin; help stop hate crimes and anti-Asian violence. Rest in Peace, Vincent Chin (May 18, 1955 – June 23, 1982).

Vincent Chin:

30th Year Remembrance

Saturday, June 23, 2012

10AM-2:30PM Panels and Nationwide Townhall, Chinese Community Center, Madison Heights, MI

3PM Visit to Gravesite, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Featuring Poet Emily P. Lawsin. 

Organized by American Citizens for Justice and Association of Chinese Americans

Followed by a Tour of Asian American historical sites, lead by Detroit Asian Youth Project

Vincent Chin gravesite, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit. Photo by Emily P. Lawsin, June 23, 2010.
Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit. Photo © by Emily P. Lawsin, June 23, 2010.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Legacy of Vincent Chin – Commemoration and Action in Detroit’s Historic Chinatown 

Detroit Chinatown Mural, 425 Peterboro St (and Cass), Detroit, Michigan. Designed in 2003 by Tony Osumi, Soh Suzuki, and Scott Kurashige, with youth and community members from the Detroit Chinatown Revitalization Workgroup (Detroit Asian Youth Project) and Detroit Summer. Photo by Soh Suzuki.

3PM – 7PM BBQ, plant flowers, and help restore the mural on Peterboro Street and Cass, in Detroit

Sponsored by Detroit Asian Youth Project and Detroit Summer

Click here for the Sunday event info on Facebook.



To learn more about Vincent Chin, see Helen Zia’s book Asian American Dreams. In  2002, Amerasia Journal 23:3 published reports from Detroit’s 20th Year Remembrance, including a piece “Detroit and the Legacy of Vincent Chin”, by Scott Kurashige.

For films, see the Academy-Award-nominated documentary, “Who Killed Vincent Chin”, by Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Peña:http://www.pbs.org/pov/whokilledvincentchin/

and the recent film “Vincent Who?” by Curtis Chinhttp://vincentwhomovie.com/

Yesterday, The Detroit News published a pretty good article, “30 years later, Vincent Chin’s family awaits justice in fatal beating”, by Shawn D. Lewis:  http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120621/METRO/206210385#ixzz1yVGcYPNG.
For a roundup of recent articles and a list of Vincent Chin 30th Year Remembrance events nationwide, see: http://www.apaforprogress.org/vc30


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