The Asian Americans Salute Frontline Heroes (AASFH) invites you to join a live stream ceremony on June 22, 2020 recognizing two Midland heroes who defended an Asian American family during a life threatening, racially motivated situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two Midland, Texas heroes, Zach Owen and Bernie Ramirez, who intervened in a violent anti-Asian stabbing of the Cung Family, a Burmese father and his two young sons, will receive the Lily and Vincent Chin Advocacy Award* on Monday, June 22 at 10:30 am CST at the Chinese Community Center in Houston, TX. Despite injuries to his leg and hand, Zach Owen, with the help of Bernie Ramirez, disarmed and subdued the attacker until the police arrived. Labeled a “hate crime”, the suspect said he thought the family was Chinese and spreading the coronavirus.
The award is named after Vincent Chin, a young Chinese man who was brutally beaten to death because he was mistaken for being Japanese by two White auto workers in Detroit in the early 80’s when Japan threatened the US auto industry. Lily Chin, Vincent’s mother, was a strong and tireless advocate against her son’s brutal murder and the lenient punishment and fines his attackers were given.
At the ceremony, United Chinese Americans will present a donation to the Cung Family to support the medical expenses for future surgeries and challenges the 2 and 6 year-old children may face due to the attack.
The ceremony will be streamed live online.
*The AASFH has been authorized by the Estate of the Chin family to use the name “Lily and Vincent Chin Advocacy Award” for this special recognition of two Frontline Heroes on June 22, 2020.