Crazy Rich Asians queen Gemma Chan, A-Major and M88 are partnering with podcast media studio QCODE for a table-read of Hold Still, Vincent which is primarily based on the tragic, true occasions of Vincent Chin’s homicide.
Written by Johnny Ngo, directed by twin brothers Aaron and Winston Tao and produced by Bash Naran, the group is eyeing turning this podcast right into a function movie.
The story of Vincent Chin is usually ignored in American historical past. In truth, a variety of anti-Asian racism is ignored in American historical past. This explicit true story is ready in the summertime of 1982 in Detroit. Chinese American engineer Vincent Chin was dwelling the American dream till one night time when he was assaulted at a bar and killed by two white, disgruntled autoworkers, 4 days earlier than his wedding ceremony. The two white males thought he was Japanese and blamed him for stealing their jobs. They murdered him.
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Chin’s murderers got lenient sentences and launched with out spending a day in jail. This sparked a pan-Asian motion that resulted in a historic civil rights case, the primary the place the Civil Rights Act was used to defend the rights of an Asian-American.
The Hold Still, Vincent group has partnered with Gold House and are implementing a technique on supporting philanthropic efforts to fight the latest surge of anti-Asian racism and the hate crimes and violence towards the Asian and Asian American group on this nation. The venture will bolster Asian and Asian American narratives which were ignored and ignored. As a consequence, it can assist strengthen the genuine illustration of the group and permit for Chin’s story to be dropped at the forefront.
“The dying of Vincent Chin occurred throughout a darkish time in America’s historical past with unsettling parallels to what we have now seen occur over the previous 12 months with the stoking of hatred in the direction of Asians and the scapegoating of Asians for Covid-19,” stated Chan. “However, it additionally introduced Asian Americans collectively to kind multi-ethnic and multi-racial alliances within the pursuit of justice and to advocate for change. It feels extra pressing than ever to deliver Vincent’s story to a wider viewers.”
“Vincent’s story actually hit dwelling for me as a member of the AAPI group,” stated M88 co-founder Phillip Sun. “I’m proud to face side-by-side with Gemma, Gold House and all our companions to share this urgently-needed story and unite in our collective mission to face up towards injustice.”
The podcast will include a desk learn of the function script, with an virtually solely Asian cast, together with interviews with excessive profile artists and activists of the AAPI group.
Chan, Mary Lee of A-Major and M88’s Phillip Sun are producing the podcast with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger of Automatik; QCODE’s Rob Herting and Sandra Yee Ling; and Writ Large’s Bash Naran. Carmen Cuba might be casting the desk learn.
“We began A-Major as a result of we wanted a platform for Asian American voices,” stated Lee. “This horrifying second in time solely reinforces how necessary it’s to dispel the dangerous stereotypes which were perpetuated all through historical past. Vincent Chin’s story is one we’ve all the time needed to inform, however now the world wants to listen to it. The Tao brothers and Johnny are the proper group to share this story, and we’re thrilled to companion with Gemma who’s a champion of the AAPI group.”
“Vincent Chin’s story is greater than a podcast or movie to us. It is a cultural landmark in our nation’s historical past, turning the tide for Asian American civil rights,” added Aaron and Winston Tao. “This is a narrative to remind our group of how we gained the boldness to collectively say, ‘We’re right here. We’re pleased with who we’re. And we’re not going anyplace.’ We are honored to deliver this story to life with this plain group.”
Chan is repped by WME, M88 and Independent Talent Group. Aaron and Winston Tao are repped by CAA and three Arts Entertainment. Ngo is repped by CAA and Writ Large.
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