The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 14, 1988 - Page 3
Film maker urges'
BY DONNA IADIPAOLO
Cristina Choy wants people to stop complaining
about the injustices in the world and start taking action
to reform them. She uses her documentary films,
including the award-winning Who Killed Vincent Chin,
to reveal how America systematically excludes minori-
"The system was not designed for newcomers, not
for people of color," Choy said. "We must look to
change the system."
Choy introduced Who Killed Vincent Chin at Rack-
ham Saturday and led a discussion with over 300 stu-
dents and faculty. The film examined the first civil
rights case brought to trial concerning Asian Americans.
In 1982 an unemployed auto worker, Ron Ebens, had
beaten a stranger, Vincent Chin, to death with a baseball
bat after a dispute. Witnesses said Ebens had accused
Chin of "taking jobs away from Americans" because he
was an Asian American.
Ebens was convicted of manslaughter but will never
serve time in jail. In a following civil rights suit, Ebens
was found not guilty of racial discrimination.
Choy wanted to expose the case to the public, so she
investigated how the harsh economic realities of the au-
tomotive industry, the history of Asian immigrants, and
the loopholes of the justice system, came together in
the form of a brutal killing.
In the discussion following the movie, Choy broad-
ened her criticism to encompass the worldwide effects of
racism that stem from imperialism. She called for im-
provements in education, and said the military and*
multi-national corporations foster racism.
Choy specifically criticized the University for hav-
ing no Asian-American department to teach students
their history, culture, and concerns.
One student quoted a line Ebens said in the film -
"I don't know about any Asian plight in this country"
- to demonstrate how many Americans remain unaware
of the concerns of the minority community.
Yesterday, Choy held a discussion concerning the
impact of media on racism and racial stereotypes. Today
at 4 p.m. at MLB Aud. 1, she will discuss the more'
technical aspects of film making.
Choy, is the.fist speaker in the University of Michi-
gan Asian Students Coalition series: "Asian Americans;
Making an Impact - Directions for Social Change" an7
the keynote speaker for Asian Awareness month.
Film maker Christine Choy hosts a workshop on the impact of the media on racism and
racial stereotypes yesterday at the Michigan League.
SIXTH ANNUAL MICHIGAN PUERTO RICAN WEEK
roday: "industrialization and Environment in Puerto Rico: Progress at all Cost?"
symposium. speakers: Neftali Garcia, Vivian Carro-Figueroa, and Jeffrey Glogiewicz.
enderson Room, League, 6 p.m. '
Wednesday: "Challenges of Changing Society: Preparing Hispanics for the
speaker: Awilda Orta
)oom D, League, 7:30 p.m.
Friday: "Migratory Aspects of the Economy of Puerto Rico"
speaker: Francisco Rivera-Batiz
Poom ©r, League, 7:30 p.m.
Paturday: "Afro-Antillan Heritage in the Community of Pinones, Puerto Rico"
speaker: Juan Guisti
Trotter House, 1443 Washtenaw, 7:30 p.m.
or more information, contact Walter Diaz, 996-1824.
olice imposter goes
) shooting rampage
WEST GARDINER, Maine (AP) home's former bookkeeper, tw
A man posing as a police officer officials involved in requlating suc
led a state official and wounded homes, and one of their relatives. On
ee othef people in a two-state person was in critical condition.
poting spree believed linked to his The shootings spanned about 10C
ng from a home for the retarded, miles in New Hampshire and Main
lice said yesterday. within four hours late Saturday an
The man killed himself while early yesterday, said state polic
lice chased him at speeds up to 90 spokesperson Stephen McCausland.
)h. The state troopers 'saw Mattersor
Alan Matterson, former head of the shoot himself during the chase
echanic Falls group home, shot the McCausland said.
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help deter crime on campus. The
other three parties, however, believe
that deputized officials will not help
to deter crime and may endanger free
Another point of contention is the
University's policies on harassment
and protests. Again, the parties split.
Three support the current policies.
The remainder cite the lack of student
participation in the policies' forma-
tion and the continued lack of student
control over their execution.
MSA's handling of off-campus
o issues also continues to be a major
h issue. The assembly has come under
e criticism for passing resolutions this
semester, including the allocation of
o money for a Jamaican disaster relief
e charity and a demand for the release
d of Salvadoran political prisoners.
The parties take three differing
n positions on this issue. Three believe
that the assembly should not dabble
in off-campus affairs unless students
demand action on a specific issue.
Two parties think the assembly does
not represent the student views well
enough to take position on such is-
sues. One party believes MSA
should continue to address these is-
sues and that students should be edu-
cated on off-campus affairs.
All of the parties do stand in
agreement on one issue: increased
communication between the assem-
bly and the student body and more
Although all parties claim to rep-
resent the true student views, what
these views are seems to be a point
Students protest errors in a minority affairs +report at noon Friday on Regents' Plaza. At
least six minority student organizations are demanding that " the report, entitled "One Year
Later... A Commitment to Leadership," be recalled.
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
Visiting Prof. Octavio Armand will
perform a bilingual peotry reading, W.
Conference Rm., Rackham, 7 pm,
Thursday,'Nov. 17. Everyone is wel-
"Una Silva de Quevedo: El
Amor y el Reloj de Arena" -
Prof.. Eugenio Asensio, Fourth Floor
Commons, MLB, 4:10 pm, Tuesday,
!Nov. 15. Everyone is welcome.
"Ecological Disruption in the
Himalayans" - Geography Prof.
Jack D. Ives, University of Colorado,
1046 Dana, 12 noon.
"The Sustained Effects of Sin-
gle-Sex and Coeducational
:Secondary Schools on College
StudentOutcomes" - Dr.Valerie
.Lee and Ms. Helen Marks, 2219
School of Education, 12 noon-1 pm.
Bring lunch if you wish.
The Thomas M. Cooley Lec-
)emocracy and Foreign Af-
airs" - Lecture I: "Tension in the
;Twilight Zone: Congress and the
esident", Prof. Louis Henkin, 100
Hutchins Hall, 4 pm.
'Recent Advances In the Mod-
ling Nitrogenase Active Site"
Chem. Prof. Dimitri Coucouvanis,
1200 Chem. Bldg., 4 pm.
f'The Arab-Israeli Conflict:
What Role for the U.S.?" -
sev Na'im Ateek, Wesley Lounge,
First Methodist Church, State at
uron, 7:30 pm.
'Ideology in Romantic Music"
-- Leonard Meyer, University of
Pennsylvania, Rackham Assembly
.fall, 8 pm. Free.
-ausing Shifts in Species De-
velopment Timing" - Dept.
neological Sciences, Jennifer Kitchell,
1046 Dana, 4-5 pm. Tea, coffee, and
cookies: 3:304 pm.
i'Industrlalization & the Envi-
o onment in Puerto Rico:
rogress at all cost?" - Vivian
arro-Figueroa, Neftali Garcia and
Jeffrey Glogiewicz, Henderson Rm.,
Pichigan League, 6 pm. Symposium
,n the costs of industrializatinn in
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think the report should be recalled, if
only because it has been out for al-
most four months. He advocates in-
serting a letter detailing its errors in
the front of each copy.
Martinez said she first saw a copy
of the report about a week ago when
she visiting the Office for Minority
"Apparently they don't know
(how offensive the mistakes are to
students of color)," Martinez said.
"But if they do, we might be in even
At the protest Friday, six speakers
condemned the report, then 40 to 50
protesters entered the Fleming build-
ing to talk to Duderstadt.
Students attempted to enter
Duderstadt's second floor office,
where they were met by Director of
Public Safety and Security Leo
Heatley, Assistant Director Robert
Pifer, a security guard, and an atten-
dant, who refused to allow students
into the elevator.
Five students who ran upstairs to
Duderstadt's office found it locked.
When they returned to the first floor,
the hallway door was also locked.
Vice President for Communica-
tions Keith Molin, who came down
the stairs, was asked by one of the
people locked in the stairwell if the
door could be opened and if five
protesters could speak to Duderstadt.
Molin walked back upstairs and did
not return, protesters said.
The students were locked in the
stairwell for a few minutes, until
Pifer 'let them out. At that point,
three or four students rushed from the
hallway to the staircase door.
Pifer and Heatley threw students
against the walls and shut the door
on several arms when protesters
rushed the door, said Rackham
graduate student and member of the
Puerto Rican Solidarity Organization
Jose Norat, one of the people locked
in the stairwell.
Heatley said he shut the door be-
cause the number of protesters who
wanted to talk to Duderstadt would be
"too many people in the President's
office." Pifer refused to comment.
- Third Floor Michigan League, 7:15
Michigan Hodgkin's Disease
Foundation - ProvidenceHospital
Medical Bldg., Eighth Floor, Rm. C,
Nine Mile Rd., Southfield, 7:30 pm.
Ann Arbor Cage Bird Club -
Matthei Botanical Garden, 1800 N.
Dixboro, 7 pm. Lecture on anatomy
and physiology. Visitors welcome.
United Jewish Appeal (UJA) -
Hillel, 7 pm. For more info call
U of M Taekwondo Club -
2275 CCRB, 6:30-8:15 pm.
U of M Archery Club - Coli-
seum, 7-10 pm. For more info call
764-4084, send message to Archery @
Study Abroad - 3231 Angell Hall,
"Hunger in Central America" -
Kuenzal Rm., Michigfan Union, 7:30
pm. A slide show presentation by
John Vandermeer, U of M Biology
Photo Exhibit - 1209 Michigan
Union, 2-8 pm. (Mon-Fri). By
Robert Carris, Residential College
Dance Benefit for Amnesty In-
ternational - "The Difference" at
the Nectarine Ballroom, 9 pm. 996-
4859 for info.
"Racism & Ethnocentrism:
Quality of life issues for in-
ternational students" - Held in
Dining Rms 3&4, Michigan League,
Writers Gay Rubin and Larry
Pike Read From their Works -
Guild House, 8 pm.
English Peer Counseling -
4000A Michigan Union, 7-9 pm.
Help with papers and other English
UM vs. OSU Blood Battle -
Pendelton Rm., Michigan Union, 12
noon-5:30 pm. Mon, Nov.14-Thurs,
Seville Summer Program -
B116 MLB, 4:30 pm. All interested
students in attending the Summer
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chance to organize their resistance to
According to Cady, the study's
findings conflicted significantly with
information supplied by the state.
Cady cited an example of state
"disinformation," contrasting the
state's assertion that the
"environmental effects of the SSC
would be benign" with the EIS's
suggestion that the environment's
wetlands would in fact be threatened
if the project were constructed.
"As it got further and further
along and more information got out,
the people were finding that the
destruction of the community would
be much greater than projected by the
state," Vorndran said.
Area resident and CATCH mem-
ber Jim Jenkins cited as an example
the increased property taxes that
Look at the birds
of the air;
They do not sow or reap,
nor store away in barns, yet
your heavenly father feeds
them. Are you not much
more valuable than they?
Who of you by worrying
can add a single hour to
would inevitably result from the
SSC. Because all properties removed
for SSC production would be given
to the federal government, he said,
the state would in turn reimburse the
townships for the lost tax base. To
compensate for the lost state revenue,
he added, area taxes would be sub-
Vorndran said that the state was
also dishonest about a proposed
"regional government." She said that
if the Stockbridge site was chosen for
the SSC, a state-planned regional
government would immediately as-
sume control of community govern-
ments. When promoting the SSC,
she said, the state "never brought this
CATCH members seemed most
pleased that the SSC was going to
Texas instead of their own backyards
because of the direct impact it would
have had on the composition of the
"It's an absurd thing to try to im-
pose a project on an area as dense and
lush as we have here," Cady said.
"We're growing at a comfortable rate
economically and don't need any help
from the state or federal govern-
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