ERIC Number: ED190684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Chinaman's Chance in Civil Rights Demonstration: A Case Study.
A traffic incident in April of 1975 developed into an unprecedented civil rights demonstration by Chinese residents in New York City's Chinatown in May of that year. This paper attempts to trace the factors which led to this large scale demonstration and analyze the development of decision making in this case. The demonstration was the result of accusations of police brutality toward Peter Yew, a witness to the traffic incident, and of frustration on the part of Chinatown residents in later dealings with the police department. An estimated 10,000 Chinatown inhabitants participated in an orderly but boisterous demonstration at City Hall. As a result of the demonstration the police commissioner met with representatives of the Chinese population. An agreement was reached which included promises of no further police harrassment, the transfer of the Chinatown precinct commanding officer, a reduction of charges against Peter Yew, no police interference in the judicial processing of Yew's case, the hiring of more Chinese in city government jobs, and the rescinding of all cuts in funds designated for Chinatown. The demonstration solidified, at least for a time, the apathetic and divided Chinese residents of Chinatown whose welfare has long been neglected. (MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New York (New York)
Note: Not available in paper copy due to reproduction quality of original document. Paper prepared for the Annual Conference on Ethnic and Minority Studies (8th, LaCrosse, WI, April 23-26, 1980).