However, others had a different interpretation of the light sentences.
They argued that what the judge was basically saying was that as long as you have no prior criminal record and have a job, you could buy a license to commit murder for ,700.
What makes the situation worse are the apathetic, half-hearted, and even insensitive responses on the part of the authorities, in this case university officials.
Even in rare instances when they admit that racial tensions are a problem on their campus, university leaders are slow to respond appropriately.
As the section on Asian American history discussed, numerous acts of discrimination against Chinese immigrants culminated in the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
For the first and so far only time in American history, an entire ethnic group was singled out and forbidden to step foot on American soil.
This is reinforced by recent anti-Asian vandalism at Stanford University that included such threats as "rape all oriental bitches," "kill all gooks," and "I'm a real white american." Similar incidents and anti-Asian threats have also occurred and continue to occur at college campuses all around the country.
Although this was not the first such anti-Asian incident, it symbolizes the legacy of racism directed against our community.
It was followed by numerous denials of justice against Chinese and Japanese immigrants seeking to claim equal treatment to land ownership, citizenship, and other rights in state and federal court in the early 1900s.
However, these verdicts were thrown out on appeal due to a technicality and a new trial was ordered by a federal appeals court.
However, because of "overwhelming publicity" about the case, the new trial was moved all the way to Cincinnati, Ohio. To this day, neither man has served any jail time for murdering Vincent Chin and only recently has Ebens expressed regret for his actions.
Many times, Asians were not even allowed to testify in court.