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APA Legal Groups Commemorate Anniversary of Vincent Chin's Murder

Organizational Release by the National APA Legal Consortium



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 tolerated."

"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."


Related Readings

"I’m Vincent Chin!": 20th Anniversary Memorial
By Stewart David Ikeda
Remembering June 19, 1982 as the defining moment for Asian America. Also with a listing of memorial actions.


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The National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium ( is a national civil rights organization dedicated to advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans. The Asian Law Caucus ( of San Francisco is the oldest Asian Pacific American legal group in the nation. The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund ( is the first organization on the East Coast dedicated to promoting the legal rights of Asian Americans. The Asian Pacific American Legal Center ( is the only organization in Southern California dedicated to providing the Asian Pacific American community with multilingual, culturally sensitive legal services and civic education.


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