'Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice,' the Story of a PNW Nikkei Hero

Three free screenings of the film will be shown in the Seattle area from October 9-11

‘Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice’ is a recently completed documentary film that tells the story of Minoru (Min) Yasui, a son of Japanese immigrant parents, born in 1916 and raised in the farming community of Hood River, Oregon. He was the first Japanese American attorney in Oregon, and during World War II, he initiated the first legal test challenging the forced removal from the West Coast and subsequent incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in U.S. concentration camps.

The film documents his and his family’s experiences during the war and his nine months in solitary confinement awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. It also depicts Yasui’s postwar life, including his ongoing defense of the human and civil rights of all people; his leadership role in the Japanese American redress movement, the reopening of his legal case, and the posthumous award of a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015. 

The director, Min Yasui’s youngest daughter, Holly, will be on hand for a post-film discussion at three Seattle-area screenings. The screenings are FREE! The film and/or educational package can be ordered after the screening.

Screening dates and locations include:

-Tuesday, October 9, 6:00 p.m. at the Vashon Theater (17723 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon Island)

-Wednesday, October 10, 11:00 a.m. at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (1414 South Weller Street, Seattle)

-Thursday, October 11 , 6:00 p.m. at Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church (3001 24th Ave. S., Seattle)