Chloe Zhao to produce limited series based on Vincent Chin

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Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao has joined Participant’s limited television series based on the murder of Vincent Chin as executive producer, according to a recent report from Deadline.

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The series will tell the story of Chin, who in 1982 was assaulted in a bar and subsequently murdered by two white auto workers because they believed Chin was Japanese. Anger over Japan’s success in the automotive world and the loss of jobs in the automotive industry led to the crime, which happened four days before Chin’s wedding.

After the murder, Chin’s killers were left with fairly lenient probation terms and minimal fines. The crime and the ensuing trial sparked outrage across America and helped shed light on the debate over racism against the Asian American community. The series is said to be the “definitive narrative” of the story.

“I was deeply moved by Helen’s personal connection to Vincent’s story as well as her incredibly insightful and nuanced take on this difficult but inspiring story,” Zhao said. “I am very honored to join the team and to undertake this journey together.

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The upcoming series has been developed through an exclusive agreement with the Chin Estate and executor Helen Zia. It will be the only authoritative account of Chin’s history and civil rights cases and the moments that followed.


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