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.
Ability Accommodation Information
This event provides the following accommodations:
- Handicap Accessible
Peggy Nagae is the COO and senior consultant of White Men As Full Diversity Partners, a diversity and inclusion consultancy. She earned an A.B. degree from Vassar College in East Asian Studies, a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School, and a master’s degree from the University of Santa Monica. She is also a graduate of Harvard’s Educational Management Program. She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the NAPABA Law Foundation. Peggy represented Minoru Yasui in reopening his World War II Japanese American curfew case and ensuring his conviction was vacated in 1984. In 2013, as co-founder of the Yasui Tribute Project with Holly Yasui, Nagae spearheaded Yasui’s successful nomination for a Presidential Medal of Freedom, which President Obama awarded posthumously in November of 2015. In 2016, Nagae also worked on the legislative/community effort to create a permanent Minoru Yasui Day in Oregon. In 2017, she was awarded the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award.
Copies of the DVD and educational packets will be available for sale.
Please join us for free public lectures and discussions that dive deeper into significant themes from the vast history introduced in Experience Oregon. Through these talks, academic and community scholars will offer audiences new ways of understanding the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon. All programs will be recorded and made available on ohs.org and on our YouTube channel.