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October 29, 2020
A cast of Asian American attorneys and judges from across Florida reenacted the trial of Ronald Ebens for the 1982 killing of Vincent Chin from a script by the Asian American Bar Association of New York.  Created from the actual transcripts and records, the live virtual performance of The Murder of Vincent Chin, a Trial Reenactment. was shared on Oct. 29 as a tribute and to re-examine Vincent Chin’s legacy in light of a recent increase in discrimination and violence against Asian Americans.
In 1982, Vincent Chin was beaten to death in Detroit. Although the assailants pleaded guilty to killing Chin, they never spent a night in prison. This injustice galvanized the Asian American community. The re-enactment was presented by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida and co-hosted by sister Florida APIA bar associations: the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Tampa Bay, the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association, and the Jacksonville Asian American Bar Association.