SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Cherylene Lee never thought of her Chinese-American heritage as something some people would hate.
But when Chinese-American Vincent Chin was beaten to death in Detroit in 1982 by two unemployed autoworkers who thought he was Japanese, she began to think otherwise.
When the two killers got three years of probation instead of jail time, she felt her country had let her down.
"I felt very betrayed as an American," Lee told a group of about 40 students Wednesday night at Shepherd College.
Lee was commissioned by the Contemporary American Theater Festival to write a play about Chin's death.
The play, "Carry the Tiger to the Mountain," will debut at the festival on July 10.
Lee and CATF Producing Director Ed Herendeen were at the governor's mansion in Charleston, W.Va. on Sunday as part of Gov. Cecil Underwood's "One West Virginia" racial unity initiative.