The death of Vincent Chin, one of the largest cases regarding an Asian American individual whom worked for the Ford Company and was murdered during the shift from industrialization in the United States to foreign countries, due to cheaper labor. Rob and his stepson murdered Vincent Chin, two nights before his wedding. This happened in front of two police officers, in the middle of a road outside of a McDonald’s. The police didn’t hesitate Ron and his stepson to stop. After the beating, Vincent Chin was still conscious, but in a coma for four days, then he had passed. The court ruled that they would receive the crime under manslaughter, and then would have to pay three thousand dollars and serve two years on probation. All those who were witnesses and involved with the case were not aware that a judicial hearing was summoned and that a judgment was given to the two gentleman.
I would love to enter the realm of giving all the information upon the documentary, but I will now highlight what I had found very impactful and brought about anger from the deep depths of my soul.
One of the things that was said was from Ron, how we was more concerned about missing Father’s Day and being such a disappointment. When he stated this, I couldn’t help, but want to sucker punch him. This really upset me, because he didn’t realize that he just killed someone. It didn’t seem to haunt his soul. I feel like this might have been because he was in the army before, so when he went to war, he had to have the mentality, that killing someone was inevitable. But just hearing him speaks so nonchalantly and without care about someone’s life made me want to take his life away.
The next matter I wanted to discuss was the penalty he was given. When the judge had gave him a three thousand dollar fine and two years of probation, I filled with rage. Are you serious? A person’s life is worth only three thousand dollars? How is that possible? If he was not a white individual I am sure he would have been sentenced to death imprisonment or at least fifteen years of prison, but they were not given any harsh penalties, which did not sit with me and most people. To tie in with this, to not allow anyone to be notified about the case hearing was not just whatsoever! It made me want to hack people’s heads off.
The most heartbreaking moment was hearing what the mother had to say. She was crying and wanted justice for her son. She cried about how the law could give those two men such a light penalty for killing her son, so that is when she had the help of Helen Zia, a journalist that helped bring about the case and to be seen by the Supreme Court under review of Civil Rights. After both hearings and in the final decisions he was ordered to pay 1.5 million dollars to the Chin estates, but he did not pay them and fled the state.
The most powering thing from the documentary was the last words from Vincent Chin’s mother stating, “The skin is different, but the heart is the same.” The statement shows that one should not be discriminated from the color of our skin, that we all should be tried equally, but in this case it was not. It was clear that he was discriminated by the courts and that his mother could do nothing about it. I really wish that people in our society could see that we should not discriminate.
After watching this documentary, it had opened my eyes towards our society. It made me think about how cruel people are and how they can get away with things that are of high caliber. I really do wish people, specifically Asian Americans watch this documentary, so then they can also be educated about who Vincent Chin is and why he is important to the Asian American society in today’s culture.