Who Killed Vincent Chin?

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Who Killed Vincent Chin?
Directed by Christine Choy
Renee Tajima-Peña
Produced by Christine Choy
Renee Tajima-Peña
Cinematography Kyle Kibbe
Edited by Holly Fisher
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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


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 let go with a suspended sentence and a small fee.[4]


  • DuPont-Columbia - Silver Baton (1991)[5]
  • Hawaii International Film Festival - Best Documentary Award (1988)[6]
  • Academy Awards - Best Documentary Feature Nominee (1989)[1]


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

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