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Asian Americans react with outrage at attempt to revise Asian American history

Vincent ChinA column in the Detroit News by Neil Rubin sparked nearly unanimous condemnation from the Asian American community who accuse Rubin of attempting to rewrite history based on the opinion of one observer.

Prominent Asian American blogger Jeff Yang contends that pretending racism doesn’t happen doesn’t make it go away.

Rubin argues against the widely held belief that former auto worker Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz killed Vincent Chin in 1982 because they blamed Japanese auto makers for the high jobless rate in the Detroit auto industry.

Although Chin is Chinese American, witnesses told prosecutors they heard Ebens and Nitz scream racial epithets like “nip” and “chink” at Chin.

Below are hotlinks to Yang’s response to Rubin along with additional links to others.

Quartz: Pretending racism doesn’t exist won’t make it go away

Huff Post: The case against Vincent Chin

AAAJ LA: Detroit News columnist trivializes Vincent Chin murder and its legacy

AAJA Calls for retraction of column challenging legacy of Vincent Chin

Michigan Dept of Civil Rights chair Jamie Hsu on the Vincent Chin Murder Case

Reappropriate: Reporter blames Vincent Chin for his own murder

Round up of blogs on Vincent Chin from Remembering Vincent Chin

 AALDEF: Happy Asian Pacific Island Month…and BTW, the race aspects of the murder of Vincent Chin are no urban myth




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