Minoru Yasui

On March 28, 1942, Minoru Yasui intentionally violated curfew orders in Portland, Oregon, and then walked into a police station, demanding to be arrested. A lawyer and U.S. Army reserve officer, Yasui had worked at the Japanese consulate in Chicago. After Pearl Harbor he had been pressed into active duty, but subsequently was rejected for formal induction because of his Japanese ancestry. Yasui made himself a test case because he objected to the military orders that violated his rights as a citizen. Yasui was ultimately convicted of violating the curfew.

World War II (34)
Resistance and dissidence (10)
Supreme Court cases (10)
Minoru Yasui (31)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
A.L. Wirin, Yasui v. United States, Minoru Yasui

31 items
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 21 (May 30, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-21)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 102, No. 21 (May 30, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-21)
Selected article titles: "Yasui Case Can Go to Appeals Court" (p. 1), "Violence Against Minorities a Serious Problem, State Commission Concludes" (pp. 1, 12), "Reporter Regrets Onizuka Remark" (pp. 2, 7), and "East Wind: America's Secret Weapon" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 21 (November 21, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-46)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 21 (November 21, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-46)
Selected article titles: "Min Yasui Dies at 70; Services Held in Denver" (pp. 1, 8), "Monetary Damages Sought: Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments on NCJAR Suit" (pp. 1, 3), "Coram Nobis Attorney Says Yasui Appeal Will Continue" (p. 1), and "Min Yasui: A Lifetime of Fighting for Justice" (pp. 5-7).
Tsuguo
vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview II Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-124-3)
Memories of a visit from Minoru Yasui, "his conviction really inspired me"

As a teenager prior to World War II, began keeping scrapbooks with newspaper articles and memorabilia, a lifetime habit.

Minoru Yasui Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1012-3-14)
vh Minoru Yasui Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1012-3-14)
The importance of the coram nobis cases (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this ...

Peter Irons Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1012-16-6)
vh Peter Irons Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1012-16-6)
Min Yasui's resistance and arrest (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material ...

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 11 (October 9, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-36)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 11 (October 9, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-36)
Selected article titles: "Nikkei Crowd Jams Smithsonian Exhibit" (pp. 1, 6), "JACL Says Redress Now, Bork Later" (pp. 1, 8), "Yasui Coram Nobis Update" (pp. 3, 8), and "'Asian Americans and the Death of the Constitution'" (pp. 5-6).
Peter Irons Interview II Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-127-14)
vh Peter Irons Interview II Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-127-14)
Volunteering to testify before the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians; assembling legal team, contacting Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi and Min Yasui
Gus J. Solomon Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1012-10-1)
vh Gus J. Solomon Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1012-10-1)
Getting involved with Min Yasui's case as an ACLU lawyer (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or ...

Minoru Yasui Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1012-3-13)
vh Minoru Yasui Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1012-3-13)
Continuing belief in the United States (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material ...

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 4 (January 29, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-4)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 4 (January 29, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-4)
Selected article titles: "Comments from the Midwest: JACL's Top Priority: Goal Setting" (pp. 1, 10), "Japan Eases Ban of Untreated U.S. Farm Products" (p. 2), "Ye Editor's Desk: '…'Tis Not Too Late to Seek a Newer World'" (pp. 4, 7), and "Mineta Is a 'Mystery Man' to White House Staffers" (p. 10).
Minoru Yasui Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1012-3-9)
vh Minoru Yasui Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1012-3-9)
Thoughts on the Japanese American Citizens League's wartime stance (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations ...

Peter Irons Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1012-16-8)
vh Peter Irons Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1012-16-8)
Min Yasui's fine and prison sentence (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this ...

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 106, No. 1 (January 1-8, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-1)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 106, No. 1 (January 1-8, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-1)
Special new year edition. Selected article titles: "Unlikely Journalist Writes Book About Unlikely Liberators" (pp. 1-2), "Yasui Coram Nobis: Case Closed" (p. 1), "The Exploration of the Magic Code" (pp. 2-3, 9-10), "Saburo Okinaga: World War II and the Experiences of One Japanese American in Hawaii" (p. 10), and "The Letters of Joseph Heco" (pp. 11-12).
Dale Minami Interview Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-141-29)
vh Dale Minami Interview Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-141-29)
Recalling a telephone conversation in which Dale "crossed swords" with Min Yasui
Advertisement for a Civil Liberties League meeting (ddr-densho-67-109)
doc Advertisement for a Civil Liberties League meeting (ddr-densho-67-109)
This group is protesting Min Yasui's incarceration and wants to raise awareness of his case to all internees.
Minoru Yasui Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1012-3-11)
vh Minoru Yasui Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1012-3-11)
Vague recollections of hearing; memories of solitary confinement (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in ...

Minoru Yasui Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1012-3-5)
vh Minoru Yasui Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1012-3-5)
Making the decision to violate the curfew; difficulty getting arrested (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations ...

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2027 (January 26, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-3)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2027 (January 26, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-3)
Selected article titles: "I. Magnin, Joseph Magnin Urging Kenzo Label Change" (p. 1), "Yankee Samurai: Secret Role of Nisei in America's Pacific Victory" (pp. 1, 9-12), "Japan's Pearl Harbor Spy Saw Evacuation as 'Cruel Joke'" (p. 2), and "Min Yasui Letters: From the Multnomah Jail" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 25 (December 19-26, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-50)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 25 (December 19-26, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-50)
Special holiday issue organized into sections A 1-32, B 1-64, and A 33-64. Selected article titles: "As Others See Us: An Overview" (pp. A-4, A-13, A-20), "The Dilemma of the 'Model Minority' Image" (p. A-14), "Minoru Yasui, 1916-1986: In Remembrance" (pp. B-1-B-2), "The Nisei of the 1800 Engineer General Service Battalion: An Untold Story" (pp. B-39-B-40 ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 24 (December 12, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-49)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 24 (December 12, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-49)
Selected article titles: "Family, Friends Remember: Yasui Services Held in Oregon Birthplace" (pp. 1-2), "Gov't Seeks Dismissal: Rights Groups Pledge Support for Yasui Case" (pp. 1, 6), and "Black-Asian Dispute: No Agreement Reached After D.C. 'Summit'" (pp. 1, 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 12 (October 16, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-37)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 12 (October 16, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-37)
Selected article titles: "On 'Japanese Americans & the U.S. Constitution'" (pp. 1-2), "JACL Director Responds: California Releases UCB Report" (pp. 1, 6), "Supreme Court Denies Latest Bid in Yasui Case" (pp. 1, 5), and "Editorial of the Pacific Citizen: After H.R. 442: Action Alert" (p. 4).
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