By Alyssa Hussein, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
Ming-Chien (Teresa) Hsin was stabbed to death and found in her black BMW SUV on April 10th, 2015. She was reported missing by her son Erin Lu, 25 at the time, who has since been charged with first-degree murder along with Mark Dookram and Justine Ordonio.
Ming-Chien owned several Reflexology Wellness Centers in which she was heavily involved. She was regarded as a great businesswoman, especially within the Taiwanese community. Nicolas Hong, the director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Toronto, articulated that Ming-Chien was very involved in the community. She served as the president of the Taiwanese Merchants Association and was involved in providing funds for floods in Taiwan.
Ms. Hsin, was well-regarded outside the Taiwanese community as well. Peel Regional Police Inspector, George Koekkoek said, “She was seen in the papers, not only in the Taiwanese business community, but also in the Mississauga business community at large. We’ve had a lot of people in the community reaching out to us, inquiring about the case, providing us with information and they are very much concerned.”
Ming-Chien survived a previous stabbing attack in October 2014. No charges were made and police investigated if both incidents were related. This previous attack is demonstrative of prior dangers that were present in Ming-Chien’s life. Regardless of their correlation, measures should be taken when violence against women is clearly present. As a community, and moving forward, we would like to commemorate Ming-Chien Hsin, for her ever-lasting contribution to the community. This is a call to action, to acknowledge and not disregard violence against women and their further implications.
Special thanks to OAITH for putting together the Annual Femicide List. Since 1995 The Ontario Association of Interval and Transitional Housing began collecting the names of women, and their children, murdered by their intimate partners, as a way to remember victims, honour their lives and advocate for meaningful change.