Who Killed Vincent Chin?

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Who Killed Vincent Chin?
Directed byChristine Choy
Produced byRenee Tajima-Peña
CinematographyKyle Kibbe
Edited byHolly Fisher
Distributed byFilmakers Library
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States

Who Killed Vincent Chin? is a 1987 American documentary film directed by Christine Choy and produced by Renee Tajima-Peña that recounts the murder of Vincent Chin. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1] It was later broadcast as part of the PBS series POV.


On a summer night in Detroit, two white unemployed autoworkers fatally beat Vincent Chin, a 27-year-old Chinese engineer, with a baseball bat.[2] The film tracks the incident from the initial eye-witness accounts through the trial and its repercussions for the families involved, and the American justice system at large.[3] After an outcry from the Asian American community, led by Vincent's mother Lily Chin, the case becomes a civil rights Supreme Court case. The case ends with tried killer Ronald Ebens' being let go with a suspended sentence and a small fine.[4]


See also[edit]

Vincent Who?, 2009 documentary about the same case.


  1. ^ a b "THE 61ST ACADEMY AWARDS (1989)". Oscars.org. The Academy Awards. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Xing, Jun (1998). Asian America Through the Lens. CA: AltaMira Press. p. 109. ISBN 9780761991762.
  3. ^ Who Killed Vincent Chin?. PBS. 1987. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  4. ^ Who Killed Vincent Chin?. Filmmakers Library at filmmakers.com. 1987. Archived from the original on October 20, 2006. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  5. ^ "All duPont-Columbia Award Winners". Columbia Journalism School. Archived from the original on August 14, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  6. ^ "8th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival". Hawaii International Film Festival. Retrieved September 2, 2015.

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