February 25's Fact of the Week

Luyen Phan Nguyen was a 19-year-old Vietnamese American pre-med student at the University of Miami who immigrated to the United States with his family as refugees. While walking home to his apartment in Coral Springs, Florida, he was approached by 15 men that harassed and shouted at him racial slurs, such as “Chink” and “Viet Cong.” Despite his pleas for them to stop, the assailants kicked him to the ground and proceeded to beat him until he was lifeless. His death led Asian American activist organizations to issue pleas for tolerance and awareness against bias and racism. Bradley Mills, the one charged with the last kick to Nguyen’s neck that took his life, was sentenced to 50 years in prison.