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Who Killed Vincent Chin?

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PBS Premiere: July 16, 1989


On a hot summer night in Detroit, Ronald Ebens, an autoworker, killed a young Chinese-American engineer with a baseball bat. Although he confessed, he never spent a day in jail. This gripping Academy Award-nominated film relentlessly probes the implications of the murder in the streets of Detroit, for the families of those involved, and for the American justice system.


TAGS: asian american, chinese american, criminal justice, detroit, murder, race

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Film Information

Who Killed Vincent Chin?

Premiere Date: July 16, 1989

Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Christine Choy, Renee Tajima


Christine Choy
Christine Choy
Renee Tajima
Renee Tajima

Critical Acclaim

With brilliant intercutting back and forth between all the parties at interest... this film burns through the mind long after it has left the screen.”

— Jerry Tallmer
New York Post

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