Today, I was filmed for a documentary on Vincent Chin. You might be thinking, (if you know about Vincent Chin) that there already was a documentary years ago by the duo of Renee Tajima Pena and Christine Choy called, Who Killed Vincent Chin?
It’s a strange title come to think of it, since you do know who killed him literally, but figuratively, who killed him? Was it an uneducated society? Was it a bunch of out of work Detroiters who reflect a huge amount of people around them? Or is it even larger than that? I didn’t think I knew a lot about Vincent Chin, until I was asked questions today about what he meant, who should be done, what could have been done, where we are at, and where we’re going. Surprisingly, I had an overflow of ideas behind almost each question.
Vincent Chin is long forgotten by many, and maybe shouldn’t be. People will say, “that was in 1982!” or “But I was 4 years old!” At least read up on him with some links below. More than likely, you’ve somehow been touched or affected by his death, and you just don’t know how.
When this film comes out, take a look, it’s not going to reinvent the wheel, it should open your eyes a bit as to where we’re at today as a result of the Vincent Chin issue. Good luck to Curtis Chin and Tony Lam, who’ll hopefully use this project to ignite some energy and learning. It’s awesome how DV cameras can make all this happen without losing your shirt.