WASHINGTON, DC - June 18, 2002 - The National Asian
Pacific American Legal Consortium (NAPALC) and its Affiliates--the Asian American Legal
Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), the Asian Law Caucus (ALC), and the Asian Pacific
American Legal Center (APALC)--join together to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the
death of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American who, while celebrating his upcoming wedding, was
brutally beaten and killed.
Twenty years after Chin's death, the APA community
continues to advocate for more comprehensive legislation. As recently as June 11th, the
Senate Republican leadership voted against a motion to vote on the Local Law Enforcement
Enhancement Act, S. 625 (LLEEA). The LLEEA is a measure that will strengthen current
federal hate crime legislation.
Karen K. Narasaki, Executive Director and President of
NAPALC said, "Senator Lott's opposition to the measure is contrary to our belief that
government must do all that it can to send a strong message that acts of hate will not be
"Twenty years have passed since the death of Vincent
Chin and the APA community has undoubtedly made some progress in alleviating the burdens
of hate crimes, however we are still concerned about the tragic number of hate related
murders in our community. It is unfortunate that by opposing the LLEEA, the Senate gave up
an opportunity to strengthen current federal hate crime legislation," said Stewart
Kwoh, Executive Director of APALC.
"The importance of Vincent Chin's anniversary cannot
be understated because from tragedy has come empowerment. Vincent Chin's murder served as
the impetus that prompted the Asian Pacific American community to initiate a nationwide
movement to stop anti-Asian violence and bias motivated incidents," said Margaret
Fung, Executive Director of AALDEF.
Adrienne Pon, Executive Director of the ALC said,
"Vincent Chin's death serves as a solemn reminder of the struggles we have fought to
overcome. At the same time, we must not overlook the significant progress the APA
community has made in exposing and addressing the issue of hate crimes, and ultimately,
removing barriers to our full participation as Americans."
Vincent Chin!": 20th Anniversary Memorial
By Stewart David Ikeda
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