Recently I am having thoughts concerning murder of Vincent Chin,which was considered one of the pivoting points in Asian American history for civil rights, where a Chinese American is murdered by 2 former Chrysler plant employees in Detroit, who lost their jobs due to “many of the layoffs in Detroit’s auto industry had been due to the increasing market share of Japanese automakers”.
This sparked a pan Asian civil rights movement because Chin, a Chinese American, was mistaken as Japanese. It got me thinking, had an unfortunate Japanese American man taken Chin’s place as the murder victim, would this tragedy spark a pan-ethnic response from the Asian American community? Probably not.
So apparently, mistaking a Chinaman for a different nationality is far worse than killing him