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Vincent Chin - Lily Chin: The Courage to Speak Out

Helen Zia

Lily Chin, a Chinese American, was the mother of Vincent Chin, who was killed in a hate motivated crime in 1982 while he was celebrating his upcoming wedding near Detroit, MI. Lily Chin and her supporters advocated for a federal hate crimes prosecution when the state trial and conviction sentenced two white autoworkers to probation and $3,000 fine for the killing of Vincent. Vincent's case marks the first time the federal government ever pursued a civil rights claim on behalf of an Asian American person. Unfortunately the federal conviction was overturned on appeal and the killers were freed after an unsuccessful second trial.

Photo:  One of many rallies across the U.S. calling for Justice for Vincent Chin. © Estate of Vincent Chin.

Unit Plan
 
Subject
English
Grade
6
Topic

ELA Middle School Essay Writing - Powerful Individuals, Powerful Movements

Stories

Vincent Chin - Lily Chin: The Courage to Speak Out

 
Subject
English
Grade
11-12
Topic

Hate Crimes, Microaggressions

Stories

A Family Educates to Prevent Hate Crimes: The Case of Joseph Ileto
Vincent Chin - Lily Chin: The Courage to Speak Out

 
Subject
Math
Grade
9-12
Unit Plan

Math Alg 1 Statistics - Hate Crime Analysis

Stories

A Citizen Fights for His Civil Rights after 9/11
A Family Educates to Prevent Hate Crimes:
The Case of Joseph Ileto

Vincent Chin - Lily Chin: The Courage to Speak Out
Who Took the Rap? A Call to Action

 
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