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Vincent Chin’s murder 28 years ago marked as birth of Asian American civil rights movement

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

(C & G News) Twenty-eight years after Vincent Chin’s brutal murder shook metro Detroit, the city of Ferndale offered some closure to all those affected by the hate crime to this day.

On Dec. 22, city officials joined leaders from the Asian-American community to honor Chin’s memory and celebrate the civil rights movement that was spawned by his killing. The ceremony was capped off with the dedication of the State Bar of Michigan’s 34th legal milestone marker, which was installed in the median just north of Nine Mile Road on Woodward Avenue.

“We are here today for some unfinished business,” said Mayor Craig Covey as he took the podium inside the nearby Post Bar, 22828 Woodward Ave.

According to Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, outreach coordinator for the Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan, Chin’s murder led directly to the galvanization of the Asian-American community and later prompted a series of far-reaching legal reforms.

“Before I came to Michigan in 1988,” she said, “the only thing I knew about Michigan is that it was the place where Vincent Chin was killed.”

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