Death of Chinese-American Soldier Draws Attention to Racism in Military

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A portrait of Army Pvt. Danny Chen is placed on a car in his funeral procession in Chinatown on October 13, 2011 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/Getty)

On Wednesday, eight American soldiers were charged in connection with the death of Pvt. Danny Chen. Chen's body was found lying in a guard tower on an American outpost in Kandahar province in October. The 19-year-old soldier died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. This case echoes the suicide of 21-year-old Lance Corporal Harry Lew in April, another Asian-American who reportedly shot himself while serving with the Marines in Afghanistan. Known as a "minority minority," discrimination against Asian-Americans is frequently goes unreported by victims and the media.

Lieutenant Dan Choi is a former Army lieutenant and combat veteran of the Iraq War who best known to the public for being kicked out of the military under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Kwong Eng is a racial justice activist and board member of the New York Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans. They discuss the unspoken racism Asian-Americans face in the U.S. Army.


Dan Choi and Kwong Eng

Produced by:

Marc Kilstein

Comments [1]


Did this program mention the anti-semitism at the Occupy protests even once?

Dec. 22 2011 09:01 AM

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