Attacks against Asian Americans date back to the 19th century, but it was the murder of Vincent Chin in 1982 that mobilized the Asian community to fight for their civil rights. At the time, America was losing manufacturing jobs fast while Japan’s auto industry was on the rise. Chin was Chinese, but that didn’t stop two white men from beating him to death a few days before his wedding. And they basically got away with it. They were only given probation and a $3,000 fine. Soledad O’Brien talks to Helen Zia, who was a journalist during that time, before becoming the spokesperson for the Justice for Chin campaign. 



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