Saturday, April 24, 2010

Vincent Who?, Jing Xiang, Manfred Elfstrom, ACJ at CCC on April 26

American Citizens for Justice and Association of Chinese Americans present

VINCENT WHO? A documentary movie and a discussion of Asian Pacific American race and labor issues with Labor Notes’ guest Jing Xiang, of China’s Pearl River Workers Service Center (PRWSC).

Monday, April 26, 2010, 6:30 pm
following the Labor Notes Conference
Chinese Community Center, 32585 Concord Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071(1 block E of I-75/14 Mile Rd. interchange, ½ block S of 14 Mile Rd.)

Jing Xiang will be speaking about the Pearl River Workers Service Center (PRWSC), a worker center supporting the rights and interests of workers in China's Pearl River Delta, along with International Labor Rights Forum staffer Manfred Elfstrom. A panel discussion on the impact of the Vincent Chin case, the economy, labor issues and the Asian American Community will follow the movie. Panelists include Roland Hwang, Jim Shimoura, and Prasanna Vengadam, American Citizens for Justice board members; Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, ACJ Advisory Board; and Stephanie Chang, APIA Vote-Michigan.

In 1982, Vincent Chin was murdered in Highland Park by two autoworkers at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments. For the first time, Asian Americans around the country galvanized to form a real community and movement. This documentary, "Vincent Who?," is inspired by a series of town halls organized by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress on the 25th anniversary of the case, features interviews with the key players at the time, as well as a whole new generation of activists. "Vincent Who?" asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far we have yet to go. Featured interviews include: Helen Zia (lead activist during the Chin trial), Renee Tajima Pena (director, "Who Killed Vincent Chin?"), Stewart Kwoh (Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center), Lisa Ling (journalist), Sumi Pendakur (Univ. of Southern California), Dale Minami (civic rights attorney), Roland Hwang and Jim Shimoura (American Citizens for Justice), Doua Thor (Executive Director, Southeast Asian Resource Action Center), and a diverse group of young APA activists whose lives were impacted by Chin.

For information: Call Roland Hwang, 248-347-1663 or Shirley Yee at Chinese Community Center, 248-585-9343