As the U.S. continues its battle against COVID-19, it is also battling a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans. In a new report, the nonprofit organization Stop AAPI Hate reported over 6,600 hate incidents over the past year—an increase of 2,800 from the year before. One Detroit has been covering the responses and stories of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Southeast Michigan—you can find more of our local coverage below as well as links to resources both local and national.
- Virtual Town Hall | How We Got Here: The Asian American Experience in Metro Detroit
- PBS Resources: Violence Against Asian Americans
- Asian Americans: The Detroit Story Panel Discussion
- Asian Americans Documentary
- Asian American community battles surge in hate crimes stirred from COVID-19
- AAPI Stories: There’s trust
- AAPI Stories: I’d never been listened to as deeply
‘Bad Axe’ film hits the big screen to tell an Asian-Mexican American family’s story in rural Michigan
Following the breakout success of “Bad Axe,” a documentary about an Asian-Mexican American family navigating COVID and racial tensions in Bad Axe, Michigan, director David Siev and his family talk about the creation of the film and its premiere in theaters across America.
An archive of oral history interviews with Japanese internment camp survivors has inspired Detroit Asian American artists collective IS/LAND to create “Invisible Embrace,” a performance that provides audiences a space and experience to share, learn and reflect on the experiences of Japanese internment camp survivors. One Detroit Arts & Culture producer Sarah Smith talks with IS/LAND’s Amber Kao.
Forty years after Chinese American draftsman Vincent Chin was brutally murdered outside a nightclub in Highland Park in 1982, activists from Detroit and across the nation continue to work to keep Chin’s legacy from fading in the midst of new waves of anti-Asian hate seen today.
One Detroit’s Senior Producer Bill Kubota talks with artist Anthony Lee about the meaning behind his new Vincent Chin mural and the significance of its placement in Detroit’s former Chinatown. Plus, Kubota visits Art Buddies, a budding Asian American artist collective in Southwest Detroit.
Rise of Anti-Asian Hate Revives Asian American Civil Rights Movement Sparked by Vincent Chin’s Murder
Nearly 40 years after the racially motivated murder of Chinese American Vincent Chin in Detroit, the hate crime is being seen in a new light alongside a more recent rise in anti-Asian hate across the country; one that looks similar to Chin’s case, but some experts say is much worse. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota explores how Vincent Chin’s legacy shaped Asian American civil rights activists today.
Through A New Lens: Revisiting ‘Who Killed Vincent Chin?’, Asian American Civil Rights Nearly 40 Years Later
Nearly four decades after the documentary “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” premiered, the filmmakers Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Peña, alongside Detroit Public TV’s Juanita Anderson, join Detroit-area filmmaker Chien-An Yuan to talk about the making of the documentary, the civil rights movement they covered in real-time, and the significance the film still holds nearly today.
Understanding the Differences between Hate Incidents and Hate Crimes:
Hate Crime=Hate Speech with damage to person or property
Get to a safe place
Call local police; file a report
FBI 800-CALL FBI
AG Hate Crimes Hotline 313-456-0180
Local Asian American Organizations:
Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission MAPAAC@michigan.gov
American Citizens for Justice
Council of Asian Pacific Americans firstname.lastname@example.org
Association of Chinese Americans 313-831-1790
Japanese American Citizens League-Detroit email@example.com
Korean American Community Detroit 248-945-9044
Philippine American Community Center 248-443-703
Rising Voices of Asian American Families