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Asian American History 101

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Jun 21, 2021

Welcome to Episode 34 of the Asian American History 101 podcast! Sometimes our episodes cover history that isn’t well known, but this episode is on the Murder of Vincent Chin. It happened 39 years ago, and learning from this tragic event is even more important given the continued anti-Asian violence across the U.S. and the lack of universal willingness to stop it on the part of our lawmakers. We also share a quick history of the Detroit auto industry to provide context. Our closing segment is a return of “Say What?” Where we explore the origin and meaning of strange idioms and phrases that focus on the Asian American community. Thinking about using an ethnic slur? Check Eric Liu’s guide to see if you might be racist. Want to learn more? Visit our site at or for social media. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at


  • 0:26 Intro
  • 1:47 History of the Detroit Auto Industry
  • 6:01 The Murder of Vincent Chin
  • 18:55 Say What? Not a Chinaman’s Chance