From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement (Hardcover)

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Vincent Chin isn't the first Asian American to be murdered out of hate and he won't be the last. But, his violent death brought together the AAPI diaspora and started a movement. Here, the AAPI community, first in Detroit and then around the country, rallied with allies to help bring his case forward and reevaluated. We are the cusp of the 40th anniversary and it's unfortunate how little things have changed. Vincent Chin's death was tragic and criminal but not in vain.

Reviewed by: Audrey H.

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A compelling account of the killing of Vincent Chin, the verdicts that took the Asian American community to the streets in protest, and the groundbreaking civil rights trial that followed. 


America in 1982: Japanese car companies are on the rise and believed to be putting U.S. autoworkers out of their jobs. Anti–Asian American sentiment simmers, especially in Detroit. A bar fight turns fatal, leaving a Chinese American man, Vincent Chin, beaten to death at the hands of two white men, autoworker Ronald Ebens and his stepson, Michael Nitz.


Paula Yoo has crafted a searing examination of the killing and the trial and verdicts that followed. When Ebens and Nitz pled guilty to manslaughter and received only a $3,000 fine and three years’ probation, the lenient sentence sparked outrage. The protests that followed led to a federal civil rights trial—the first involving a crime against an Asian American—and galvanized what came to be known as the Asian American movement.


Extensively researched from court transcripts, contemporary news accounts, and in-person interviews with key participants, From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry is a suspenseful, nuanced, and authoritative portrait of a pivotal moment in civil rights history, and a man who became a symbol against hatred and racism.




About the Author


Paula Yoo is an award-winning children’s picture book author and novelist, a prolific TV writer/producer, and a freelance violinist. From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry is her debut YA nonfiction book. She lives in Los Angeles.

Praise For…


A vivid, heartbreaking account of one of the most important moments in Asian American history. I couldn’t put it down.
— Gene Luen Yang

A tremendous feat of both research and writing—and a major contribution to our inspiring and infuriating American story.
— Steve Sheinkin

This clear and lucid account, based on in-depth research, superlatively conveys the context and significance of the events.... An accessible and compelling account of a tragedy that resonates through the decades.
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Admirably objective.... Yoo discusses the resurgence of anti-Asian attitudes and rhetoric in connection to COVID-19, reinforcing the book’s through line that Chin mustn’t be forgotten.
— Booklist (starred review)

Yoo skillfully retells the life story of Vincent Chin [and] reminds readers of Chin’s legacy 'to fight back against hate.'
— Horn Book Magazine (starred review)


Product Details
ISBN: 9781324002871
ISBN-10: 1324002875
Publisher: Norton Young Readers
Publication Date: April 20th, 2021
Pages: 384
Language: English

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