Americas Charities | June 30, 2014

Remembering Vincent Chin: The Passion and Agony of a Community

I don’t know why I didn’t do it this year. Maybe because it’s too painful, and rounded-year anniversaries give us an easy excuse to let it go.

But I couldn’t help noticing this year, as I looked at the calendar and remembered the dates. There’s really no reason why we shouldn’t call for a national period of reflection each and every year.

Asian Americans should always regard June 19 to June 23 as our special period to take the time to ask ourselves some basic questions.

Questions like: What does it mean to be an Asian American today?

What does it take to stand up for a sense of ourselves?

Our community?

Our personal and public identity?

What does real equality, real justice mean today?

Have we reached that place?

Those are the things worth thinking about now and in the future.

The facts of the Chin case, of course, will always be kicked around. But that’s really not the point of breaking down the agony of Vincent Chin, from the night of June 19th to the 23rd.

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