Who Killed Vincent Chin? Collection, 1992

On June 19, 1982, a 27-year-old Chinese American man was beaten into a coma that he never woke up from. He was targeted because the two men that assaulted him thought that he was Japanese and blamed him for the decline in the Detroit auto industry. The two men never saw any jail time, with the judge stating, “These weren’t the kind of men you send to jail…You don’t make the punishment fit the crime; you make the punishment fit the criminal.”

In 1987, documentary filmmakers Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Pena made the documentary Who Killed Vincent Chin? The film delves into the facts about the case and aftermath of the ruling. The filmmakers collected news footage, fliers, transcripts, and other materials, which they would later donated to MOCA in 1992.


1987年,电影制作人崔明慧(Christine Choy)与蕾妮‧田岛-佩尼亚(Renee Tajima-Pena)拍摄了一部纪录片《谁杀了陈果仁?》(Who Killed Vincent Chin?),该片深入研究了事件经过与裁决的后续。这两位电影人搜集了许多新闻片段、传单、记录稿以及其他材料,并于1992年将这些文物赠与美国华人博物馆。