30TH ANNIVERSARY OF MURDER OF VINCENT CHIN
(House of Representatives - June 20, 2012)

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               30TH ANNIVERSARY OF MURDER OF VINCENT CHIN

  (Ms. CHU asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute.)
  Ms. CHU. Madam Speaker, 30 years ago, Vincent Chin, a young Chinese 
American engineer, was celebrating his impending wedding in Detroit, 
Michigan, when two unemployed autoworkers started shouting at him, 
saying, ``It is you Japanese who are taking away our jobs.'' They 
chased him down and bashed his head in with a baseball bat. Vincent's 
murderers were only punished with a $3,000 fine and got off without 
even spending a day in jail. In the meanwhile, instead of going to his 
wedding, Vincent's family went to his funeral.
  This injustice led to the emergence of a national Asian Pacific 
American identity and movement. This week, as chair of the 
Congressional Asian Pacific Caucus, I will be introducing a resolution 
on the significance of the 30th anniversary of Vincent's death. His 
story remains an important reminder of why we must always combat the 
dangers of xenophobia and scapegoating.

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