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.

Minoru Yasui (32)

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

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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 2 (January 16, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-2)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 2 (January 16, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-2)
Selected article titles: "Broadcaster's Remarks Add to Black-Asian Tensions in Pa." (pp. 1-2), "Family, Attorneys to Continue Yasui Appeal" (pp. 1, 8), "Third Try: Redress Bill Is Introduced in 100th Congress" (p. 1), and "Arizona, Florida Next?: Proposition 63 Forces Plan Campaigns in Other States" (pp. 1, 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 15 (November 6, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-40)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 105, No. 15 (November 6, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-40)
Selected article titles: "Diaries Returned: Wartime Distrust Followed Soldiers Across the Pacific" (p. 1), "Market Crash Halts Vote on S.1009" (p. 1), "Hearing on Anti-Asian Violence Set" (pp. 1, 5), and "Editorial of the Pacific Citizen: Gone But Not Forgotten" (p. 4).
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).
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 ...

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 ...

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