Tag Archives: Vincent Chin

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On the travel ban 2.0’s rejection by a federal judge in Hawaii.

The  Justice Dept. is appealing the rejection by a Maryland judge to get it before a different appeals court in Virginia. The whole thing will likely go to the Supreme Court.

Also. an interview with Jenn Fang of reappropriate.co, on Kuchibhotla and whether the South Asian’s killing is a Vincent Chin moment for all Asian Americans.

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Emil Guillermo: Giving a workshop and performance at the Filipino American National Historical Society Conference in NYC, June 24.

I’m giving a storytelling  workshop and performing an excerpt of my “Amok” monologue, “All Pucked Up: A short history of the American Filipino,” at the Filipino American National Historical Society conference  in New York City on June 24.

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Read about it here, on my blog post on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund site.

 

Also, I reflect on  Vincent Chin, 34  years later.

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 Read the column on Remembering Vincent Chin.

 

 

Emil Guillermo: In new exclusive interview, Ronald Ebens, Vincent Chin’s killer, denies financial windfall

June 19-23 was the period where we remember the 33rd Anniversary of the brutal beating death of Vincent Chin.  The killer, Ronald Ebens, has never spent a day in prison, but owes the Chin estate an amount that was more than $8 million in 2012 and continues to grow  with interest.

My recent requests for an interview had been unanswered.

But before the anniversary week passed, I made one more attempt to reach Ebens.

And he answered.

I wanted to know if he was sitting on recently received money that should rightfully go to Vincent Chin’s estate.

Click here to read about my new, exclusive  interview with Ebens on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog.

Emil Guillermo: Estate for Vincent Chin could use help tracking Chin’s killer

Helen Zia, the executor of the estate for Vincent Chin, said it can use some help keeping tabs on Ronald Ebens in Nevada.

Ebens, now 75, is the man who killed Chin in1982 in a disputed hate crime in Michigan.  Ebens plead guilty to a lesser charge and escaped jail time. A civil rights trail convicted Ebens in a subsequent trial in federal court. But that was reversed in appeal. (Read more about the case on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog).

Still, there was  a civil judgment of $1.5 million against Ebens that was won in Michigan. And that had grown to $8 million in 2012.

Zia told me opportunities to collect money are  often missed. Recently,  Ebens was the executor of the estate of a friend, who had just received a portion of a $4 million personal injury settlement.

In general, Zia  fears that too much time has passed to expect much of a recovery of the funds owed.  Time has also meant the Chin case has faded from the public’s memory. (See more of her comments on NBCnews.com). 

 

 

 

Emil Guillermo: An update on Ronald Ebens, Vincent Chin’s killer–Why is he not paying up?

Ebens recently came into some money–at least $120,000–for being an executor to a friend’s will.

But not even a token sum to the Vincent Chin estate to which Ebens owes nearly $10 million.

Click here to read my column on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog.

Emil Guillermo: Remembering Vincent Chin from June 19-June 23.

Vincent Chin was beaten with a baseball bat on June 19, 1982. He died on June 23.

We should take this time to remember the hate crime that awakened the Asian American community.

I’ve written about this over the years, but in last year’s I talked about a special commemoration.  Maybe for the 35th?  Click here to read my column on that idea on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog.vincentchin

 

 

In case you didn’t realize it–Trayvon Martin is a descendent of Vincent Chin

A reader from Philadelphia re-tweeted me this sign from a protest there.

Note Vincent Chin’s name at the bottom of the sign.

It’s significant. Trayvon’s family may ultimately take the same road Chin took to seek justice: a criminal case followed by a civil rights case. But as followers of the Chin story know, the Martin’s could find the same pitfalls. Bottom line: there’s simply no guarantee of justice at the end of that long road.

See also my post at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog.