okay i have a lot of messages in my inbox along this vein:
Anonymous asked you: I thought 500 days was a destruction of the MPDG thing though? Like, you’re not supposed to sympathize with Tom because he’s a shitty dude who projects all of his weird shit onto her.
This film recounts the murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American automotive engineer mistaken as Japanese and subsequently slain by 2 white auto workers who blamed him for the competition they faced from Japanese auto makers threatening “their” jobs. It then recounts how his murder galvanized Asian Americans across the country into political action, and how Chin’s murderers eventually escaped justice in the court system.
This documentary is incredibly moving, and some of the parallels with the Trayvon Martin case are startling. I highly recommend it, especially to people interested in an event that played a pivotal, defining role in Asian American history. Not enough people of our generation know about the case (I myself didn’t until about 2 weeks ago), which is startling and disheartening as it is very important. Definitely check it out.
Thank you for bringing this to the attention of your followers!
I’d like to point out that two off-duty police officers WITNESSED THE BEATING that resulted in Vincent Chin’s DEATH. Still, the killers walked away without serving any time. Can you imagine if two police officers had witnessed two Chinese-American men beating a white man so severely that he died? They’d still be in prison today. Vincent Chin’s murderers are alive and well, talking about how awful it is that they’re stigmatized as murderers.
Vincent’s mother, Lily, died in 2002, without ever seeing justice served. May she, and her son, rest in peace.
She is an Australian mechanical engineer and founder of the non government organisation based in Australia named Youth Without Borders.
Youth without Borders is an advocacy group designed to empower youth in their communities. It provides a structured journey into volunteering and global citizenship for young Australians aged 13 to 20. It takes the idea of a gap year and turned it on its head to create an extended volunteering placement in Australia or Asia-Pacific. "Young People Without Borders will transform a generation, embedding the notion of contribution and giving back to society into the DNA of all young Australians."
Her achievements bear this out: she was presented with the ‘Young Queenslander of the Year’ award in 2010 for her contribution to the community, In 2007 she was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year, In 2012 she was named Young Leader in the Australian Financial Review and she also won the inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards.
She also coaches a football team for Muslim girls called ‘Shinpads and Hijabs’.
She also aims to use her degree to go into the field of motorsport, and perhaps become the first female Muslim Formula 1 driver. In the more distant future, her friends see a political career beckoning, and something she sees as a very real possibility.