“FROM A WHISPER TO A RALLYING CRY,” YA non-fiction book about Vincent Chin, to be published April 6, 2021 by Norton Young Readers

“FROM A WHISPER TO A RALLYING CRY,” YA non-fiction book about Vincent Chin, to be published April 6, 2021 by Norton Young Readers

FROM A WHISPER TO A RALLYING CRY: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo (Norton Young Readers/W.W. Norton & Co., April 6, 2021)

I am honored to tell the story of Vincent Chin for the next generation. My book, FROM A WHISPER TO A RALLYING CRY, will be published this April 6, 2021 by Norton Young Readers (W.W. Norton & Co.) This is my eighth book, but it is also my first Young Adult narrative non-fiction book. This book sold in 2018, and I have done extensive research, interviews and travel during that time.

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A groundbreaking portrait of Vincent Chin and the murder case that took America’s Asian American community to the streets in protest of injustice.

America in 1982. Japanese car companies are on the rise and believed to be putting American autoworkers out of their jobs. Anti–Asian American sentiments simmer, especially in Detroit. A bar fight turns fatal, leaving Vincent Chin—a Chinese American man—beaten to death at the hands of two white men, autoworker Ronald Ebens and his stepson Michael Nitz.

From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry is a searing examination of the killing and the trial and verdicts that followed. When Ebens and Nitz pled guilty to manslaughter and received only a $3,000 fine and three years’ probation, the lenient sentence sparked outrage in the Asian American community. This outrage galvanized the Asian American movement and paved the way for a new federal civil rights trial of the case. Extensively researched from court transcripts and interviews with key case witnesses—many speaking for the first time—Yoo has crafted a suspenseful, nuanced, and authoritative portrait of a pivotal moment in civil rights history, and a man who became a symbol against hatred and racism.


Publication Date: April 6, 2021



352 pages


Instructor Copies Available

Territory Rights: Worldwide, Incl CN/Singapore/Malaysia but Excl British Comm


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Let us continue to rise up and fight back against racism. We must uphold Vincent Chin’s legacy to #StopTheHate.

#NeverForget #RiseUp #Justice #StopTheHate #Peace (Photo taken in Detroit, MI June 2018)