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Tateuchi Story Theatre

Who Killed Vincent Chin?

Film Screening, Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:30-4:30pm 

Lily Chin speaks at a news conference in 1983 at historic Cameron House in San Francisco's Chinatown. Those present included Rev. Jesse Jackson who came to show support for the national campaign to seek Justice for Vincent Chin.

In 1982, Vincent Chin was beaten to death with a baseball bat by two white men in Detroit. Chin’s killers were convicted, but never served a day in prison for their crime.

Thirty-five years later, we revisit this Academy Award-nominated documentary that explored the impact of his death and flaws in the justice system in the wake of the outcry from the Asian American community. Filmmaker Renee Tajima-Pena will be present. A panel discussion will follow. Panelists include: Marsha Chien, Washington State Assistant Attorney General, Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit; Connie So, University of Washington American Ethnic Studies, Principal Lecturer; Rich Stolz, OneAmerica, Executive Director (Phil Yu, Angry Asian Man, unfortunately unable to participate as scheduled). (USA, 1987, Documentary, 87 minutes, English)

Read an interview with the filmmaker Renee Tajima-Pena, conducted by the International Examiner, May 2017.

Online ticketing will be available starting in April. Please visit our calendar listing to purchase tickets. 

Program Partners:
Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Seattle Chapter 
Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Mulvanny G2 Foundation
NAAAP-Seattle (National Association of Asian American Professionals) 
Puyallup Valley Chapter JACL
Robert Chinn Foundation 
Seattle Chapter JACL
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

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"Vincent Chin Murder 35 Years Later: History Repeating Itself?" by Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, June 24, 2017
"There Will Be a Vigil Tonight Outside the Home of Vincent Chin's Killer," Angry Asian Man, June 23, 2017
"Remembering Vincent Chin, 35 Years Later," by Mary Grace Costa, Kore Asian Media, June 23, 2017
"His Life Cut Short, Vincent Chin Is Remembered for What Might Have Been," NPR, June 23, 2017
"Indian Americans Reckon with Reality of Hate Crimes," by Arun Venugopal, Nevada Public Radio, May 15, 2017
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Vincent Who?” film website, released 2009 
Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship, Asian American Journalists Association 

Partner Events - Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Join these additional events in May to celebrate and honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:

Naturalization Ceremony
Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 2pm
Wing Luke Museum

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Seattle Field Office and the Wing Luke Museum will be hosting this special ceremony where the public is invited to witness the swearing in of new U.S. citizens. Seating priority to the families of those being sworn in. Find out more here.

Family Fun Day
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10am-5pm
Wing Luke Museum

Enjoy a whole day of free admission with face painting, Story Time and art workshops for the entire family! Be sure to check out exhibits such as Who's Got Game? Asian Pacific Americans in Sports, We are the Ocean: Indigenous Response to Climate Change, and of course, Bruce Lee. Find out more here.

Asian Pacific Heritage Night with the Seattle Mariners
Monday, May 15, 2017, 7:10pm
Safeco Field

Join the Seattle Mariners for Asian Pacific Heritage Night. Receive an Asian Pacific Heritage Night t-shirt when you purchase through this special offer. Redeem your t-shirt (while supplies last) by bringing your ticket to Section 339 before the end of the 4th inning. $5 of every ticket sold through this special offer will benefit the Chinese American Citizens Alliance and the National Association of Asian American Professionals. Find out more here.

2017 Asian Hall of Fame Celebration
Hosted by the Robert Chinn Foundation
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 6pm reception, 7pm dinner and program
Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Honorees this year include outstanding Asian Pacific Americans: Johnny Damon (former Major League baseball player, 2x World Series champion); Daniel Dae Kim (producer, actor – Lost and Hawaii Five-O); Duy-Loan Le (engineer, Texas Instruments Senior Fellow, holder of 24 patents); Sonita Lontoh (Silicon Valley executive, White House Global Entrepreneurship Summit, State Dept. TechWomen). Find more info here

Celebrate Asia
Friday, May 12, 2017, 7pm
Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony’s ninth annual Celebrate Asia concert features movie music by famous Japanese composers as well as a second half dedicated solely to the music of Grammy and Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman, who will also make a special appearance at the program. Highlighted by pre- and post-concert entertainment, this spectacular event is a rare opportunity to revel in the rich musical traditions of Seattle’s vibrant Asian communities. Find more info here

Teardrops that Wound: The Absurdity of War Exhibition Opening
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 6-8pm
Wing Luke Museum

See how art can deflate war's destructive weight by exposing its absurdity in this new, immersive exhibition. Members and special guests are invited to this exclusive exhibition opening, with light refreshments and short speaking program. Members can RSVP online. Not a member yet? Join here today!

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration
A part of Seattle Center Festal
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Armory Main Level

Explore and experience the cultural roots of the Asian Pacific Islands through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games and a lively marketplace. The festival launches Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Seattle with spectacular lion dances, youth drill teams, drumming, martial arts and artists from around the state. Find out more info here

INS Building Tour
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 1:30-3pm
Hosted by the Wing Luke Museum at Inscape Arts

In recognition of the anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act - signed on this date in 1882 - tour Seattle's Immigration and Naturalization Service Building, with 'audio guide' by artist Morgan Dusatko. The building, constructed to uphold the Chinese Exclusion Act, detained many of Chinese and Japanese descent, and continued as a site of detention and deportation until 2004. Email for ticket information.

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