Vincent Chin’s Slaying 35 Years Ago Galvanized a Pan-Asian Movement

On the night of June 19, 1982, 27-year-old Vincent Chin was celebrating his bachelor party with friends in a Detroit strip club. He got into an altercation with two white men, and both groups were thrown out. The two men tracked down Chin with the help of a third man and brutally beat him with a baseball bat. Their reason? They were angry about the state of the U.S. auto industry, and blamed Japanese cars, which were at the time …