August 5, 2020

I’m proud to be the descendant of an Oregon family, of Minoru Yasui, who walked the night streets of Portland in 1942, in order to initiate a constitutional test case against a curfew imposed upon Japanese Americans.

I’m inspired that thousands of Portlanders are out on...

June 29, 2020

from Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice.
Photo: Getty Images. 

A letter sent to members of Congress and several newspapers, regarding the recent order by federal Judge Dolly Gee mandating ICE to release children from their detention centers: 

Dear Edit...

June 29, 2020

Poster by Barbara Yasui quoting Minoru Yasui, used at the June 6, 2020 Tsuru for Solidarity protest in Seattle and Tacoma Washington. Photo by Eric Tagawa.

“When you suppress or oppress any group of people, you are really derogating the rights of all people. I should...

June 25, 2020

Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice will be available for viewing for free from June 23-27 as part of the Tadaima Virtual Pilgrimage film festival, sponsored by the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages. On Saturday, June 27 at 2 pm Pacific Time ther...

May 4, 2020

Monday, May 11 - 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. [OPB TV]

Wednesday, May 13 - 3:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m. [OPB TV]

Friday, May 15 - 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. [OPB PLUS]

Sunday, May 17 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm [OPB PLUS]

Monday, May 18 - 1:00am - 2:00am [OPB PLUS]

During Asian American He...

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.

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