November 23, 2019


Tsuru" means "crane" in Japanese, and in the traditional folk art of paper folding (origami) it symbolizes peace, hope and healing.

Japanese Americans and allies from across the country will gather next spring in Washington, D.C. on June 5-7, 2020 for a “National Pilgr...

July 26, 2019

Anyone who says that phrase is not racist says so from a perspective of white privilege. Today, no one ever tells Euro Americans to “go back to where you came from” – since the underlying assumption is that white people belong here but people of color do not.

In Ma...

June 22, 2019

The firestorm of criticism of Alexandria Ocasio-Córtez for referring to “concentration camps” on our southern border underscores the power of language over our perception of reality: how some terms have become like high-beam headlights that blind and render us momentar...

June 18, 2019

History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes – Mark Twain

“Never Again” is NOW – call by many Japanese Americans to mobilize against mass incarceration today

In 1942, hundreds of Japanese immigrants were imprisoned at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Their crime? Being leaders in t...

January 2, 2019


 Attention Oregon teachers and students!

As part of the 2019 Minoru Yasui Day essay contest, we will be providing a free preview of our recently released film.

For more information, see: Minoru Yasui Day Essay Contest.

December 1, 2018

We have completed a final cut of Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice and we are interested in the widest distribution and discussion of our film and the Fight for Justice given the importance of immigration issues, racial profiling, indefinite detenti...

July 9, 2018

Please click HERE to see my Op-Ed piece in the Huffington Post, published on Sunday, July 8, "Trump's Indefinite Family Detention is Cruel - Just ask Japanese Americans."

This was inspired by an article forwarded to the Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) listser...

July 3, 2018

Gordon Hirabayashi, Min Yasui and Fred Korematsu in 1983.

In our amicus brief opposing the Muslim Ban, the children of Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi and Minoru Yasui asked the court to consider our fathers’ World War II cases, and to take the opportunity to repudia...

June 17, 2018

Dear Friends – much has transpired since the last update I sent out …

New film format

First of all, the reason for the delay in this update: after consulting with various experts, we’ve made some decisions about the film’s final format and educational outreach. Film prof...

January 12, 2018

I’m very happy to announce that our crowd-funding campaign has been successful and we’ve finished what we now consider Part One of Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice. For those of you who have seen the film, you know it’s a standalone piece that cove...

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