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.
As a teenager prior to World War II, began keeping scrapbooks with newspaper articles and memorabilia, a lifetime habit.
This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.
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