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Film Screening “Minoru Yasui and the Fight For Justice”

30 October 2017 Published in Past Events

22310329 10155664319279020 128119245795079513 nSaturday, November 4, 1  - 3:30 p.m. University of Utah College of Social Work Auditorium, 395 1500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, Free and Open to the Public.

Narrated by George Takei, "Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice" (Part One) tells the story of Minoru (Min) Yasui, son of Japanese immigrant parents, 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. This version of the film also contains a brief summary of Part Two – Yasui’s postwar life, including his ongoing defense of the human and civil rights of all people; his leadership role in the Japanese American Redress movement, the reopening of his legal case, and the posthumous award of a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

Discussion following the Film featuring: 

  • Holly Yasui, Filmmaker and Director
  • John Mejia, Legal Director ACLU of Utah
  • Irene Ota, Faculty, College of Social Work



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