Hennepin County Library – Ridgedale branch will screen the 2009 documentary film, “Vincent Who?” on Sunday, April 3, 2:00 p.m. at 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305.
The film looks at the historic hate crime murder of Vincent Chin and examines the state of AAPI political empowerment. Chin was murdered in Detroit in 1982. His killers received a fine of $3,000 and never served a day in jail. This light sentence galvanized Asian Americans around the country to form a movement to demand civil rights.
Filmmaker Curtis Chin, who will be on hand to address how the case has shaped and changed the Asian Pacific American community, said the film was made from interviews at town halls across the nation on the 25th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s murder. He asked young people if they knew who Vincent Chin was, and most did not.
The film tells the story of how young attorneys unknown at the time but famous now, fought to have a civil trial verdict that contrasted the injustices of the criminal trial.
Chin, who is a Michigan native but not a relation to Vincent Chin, is also a member of Asian Pacific Americans for Progress and based in Los Angeles. He travels around the country showing the film at trainings, townhalls and community events.
He was in Minneapolis in 2010 to see about starting a Twin Cities chapter, and was a guest of the University of Minnesota Asian American Studies program where he screened his 2009 APAP documentary for students and community.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and presented in collaboration with the Asian Pacific Americans for Progress.