Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship

Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)

The scholarship was established to honor Vincent Chin through the generosity of Joe Grimm to award an undergraduate student who is pursuing a career journalism and has demonstrated journalistic excellence, commitment to community involvement, and committed to AAJAs mission.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Age/Grade Level:
    Undergraduate student
  • Financial Need:
  • Other Academic Requirements:
    At least 12 credit units each semester for the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017
  • Major/Career:
    Applicants must be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing journalism as a career.
  • Organization:
    AAJA student membership is encouraged for all applicants.
  • Miscellaneous:
    Applicants must be committed to AAJAs mission; Demonstrate journalistic excellence and a commitment to community involvement.

Application Details

  • Judging Criteria:
    Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, commitment to the field of journalism and/or sensitivity to Asian American/Pacific Islander issues.
  • Transcript:
    Not required
  • Resume/Activity List:
    Not required
  • Essay:
    Could it happen again? The attack on Vincent Chin occurred during a time in which Asians, specifically Japanese, were blamed for U.S. unemployment. People literally bashed Japanese cars with sledgehammers. Video and photos of such acts were shown in the news media. Few people connected them to potential attacks on real people. Does symbolic violence make it more acceptable to attack people? Does this climate exist against other people today? What can be done?;How are Asian Americans one people? Asian Americans overcame many differences in rallying together to seek justice after Vincent Chins killing. They came from different cultures and language backgrounds. They brought histories of being foes as often as being allies. In the Detroit area, though, they decided that an attack on a Chinese American man, mistaken for being Japanese, was a danger and an injustice to all. They united in protest. Some call this the start of a pan-Asian consciousness in the United States. How does life in the United States make people from so many nationalities one group?;Protest or conform? Some Asian Americans were reluctant to join the Vincent Chin cause. They had been pursuing success by getting along in the mainstream. Some had been acculturated to not make trouble or call attention to themselves. Yet a group of people began writing letters, visiting the media and protesting in the streets. This question about whether to protest or conform comes to every one of us. Although the stakes are not as high as justice over the death of a young man, we are all confronted at work or in other groups to decide: When and how do you make a stand?;Who was Lily Chin? The Vincent Chin trials paint the portrait of a mother in anguish. We frequently ask who was Vincent Chin or who killed him. The emergence of his mother as a strong voice is a compelling story too. Describe her life and her legacy

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