A podcast intended to tell the story of Vincent Chin has been disabled by A-Major Media after being criticized for not consulting with the family of Chin.
Two out of work auto workers beat and killed Chin with a baseball bat after mistaking him for Japanese and blaming him for the declining American auto industry in 1982. The men never spent a day in jail.
The company had released all 5 episodes of the podcast on May 27, but an Instagram post from Helen Zia, an activist and author who led the fight protesting the sentences, caught fire.
“To my friends who are sending congrats to me for the Vincent Chin podcast, I don’t know anyone associated with this project and have never been contacted by them. Nor has the estate of Vincent and Lily Chin. Lily is the late mother of Vincent.
The podcast is produced by actress Gemma Chan and features the voices of several notable Asian American celebrities including Remy Hii, Rosalind Chao, Kelly Marie Tran, John Cho, Tzi Ma, and Benedict Wong
In an interview with Jenn Fang of the blog Reappropriate, Annie Tan, an extended member of the Chin family said as far as she knew, no one from the family had been contacted.
“Helen was on the front lines of that movement work,” said Tan, who emphasizes that she speaks only for herself and is not an official spokesperson for the Chin family or Estate. “When people like Helen Zia are being spoken for who can still speak for themselves, the very first thought when thinking to dramatize them should be to center their voices when writing the characters.”
A-Major Media took to Instagram to apologize to Helen Zia and the estate of Vincent Chin and announced it will disable the podcast and says it is willing to take the podcast down out of respect for Helen and the estate.
So far there’s no word on what will ultimately be decided.
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