Vincent Chin died 30 years ago today after being beaten with a baseball bat by laid-off autoworkers. He is memorialized by Tom Watkins in an excellent piece in The Detroit News today. Chin, a Chinese-American was celebrating his impending nuptials when he crossed the path of two xenophobes apparently bent on venting their frustrations on a man they mistook for Japanese.
The Mackinac Center has referenced the Chin incident in past works, suggesting that his murder was something of an inflexion point for Detroit and automotive job growth. We are reposting those essays here today to mark the anniversary of Chin’s tragic murder.