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40 years on, America marks Vincent Chin killing amid rise in anti-Asian hate crimes

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Mr Anthony Lee works on a tribute painting of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American who was killed, in Michigan on June 2, 2022.

PHOTO: NYTIMES

WASHINGTON – Forty years ago in Detroit, Michigan, a Chinese American man named Vincent Chin was brutally beaten to death by two white auto workers, who blamed Asians for the loss of automotive jobs in the United States.

Though both killers were convicted of manslaughter, they were each sentenced to three years’ probation and a US$3,000 (S$4,170) fine, a slap on the wrist that shocked and galvanised a wave of Asian American activism across the country.

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