Documentary screenings commemorate 1982 slaying

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin, UCSC filmmaker Renee Tajima-Pena's award-winning documentary film Who Killed Vincent Chin is being screened in cities across the United States this summer.

Tajima-Pena is an associate professor in the Community Studies Department's new Social Documentation Program. Her Academy Award-nominated film tells the story of the 1982 murder of Chinese American Vincent Chin, who was slain in Detroit by two white autoworkers in the midst of a recession some blamed on Japanese car imports. A hate crime motivated by anti-Japanese sentiments, the murder served as a rallying cry for the Asian American community.

The film will be shown in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, and other cities. Sponsors are hosting panel discussions with local community leaders in the wake of recent high-profile attacks on Asian Americans in New York, Michigan, and Wisconsin.