Event Details

Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice

Oregon Historical Society

Portland, OR

1200 SW Park Ave, ,

Start Date: 03/28/2019

End Date: 03/28/2019

Free and open to the public
Thursday, March 28, 2019
7:30PM – 9PM

Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice, tells the story of Minoru (Min) Yasui. The son of Japanese immigrant parents, Yasui was born in 1916 and raised in the farming community of Hood River, Oregon. He was the first Japanese American attorney in Oregon, and during World War II, he initiated the first legal test challenging the forced removal from the West Coast and subsequent incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in U.S. concentration camps. The film documents his and his family’s experiences during the war and his nine months in solitary confinement awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court as well as his postwar life and work.

After the film, Holly Yasui and Peggy Nagae will offer brief reflections and answer questions from the audience. Holly is Min and True Yasui’s youngest daughter. She studied film at the University of Southern California in the 1970s but did not continue to work in the field professionally. Instead, she focused on writing and editing, which she practiced and taught in Madison, Wisconsin, and Seattle, Washington, before moving to Mexico where she now lives. Since retiring from a grass-roots community development center in 2014, she has devoted her full time to the Minoru Yasui Legacy Project.