75 Years after Executive Order 9066
Experiences of Local Japanese Americans
July 23, 2107, 12:30 – 2:00pm
Never Give Up! Documentary Film Screening
Scripps Miramar Ranch Library
Saturday, July 22, 2107, 1:30pm
Join us for the San Diego premiere of this new documentary by Holly Yasui tracing the early life of her father, the noted civil rights activist Minoru Yasui, sponsored by the SD JACL and ACLU.
Born in 1916 to Japanese immigrant parents, Yasui was raised in the farming community of Hood River, Oregon, and became that state’s first Japanese American attorney. During the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans by the US government, he set up a practice to help the Japanese immigrant community with its legal needs. He also decided to make himself into a legal test case by purposely violating the curfew that had been imposed on Japanese Americans; he took his appeals all the way to the Supreme Court.
This film, the first of a two-part documentary, ends with Yasui and his family’s experiences during the war. The second film will cover Yasui’s postwar life as a relentless civil rights activist, a leader in the Japanese American redress movement, and his posthumous 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom award.
Q&A to follow with Holly Yasui, the Hon. Dana Makoto Sabraw, U.S. Southern District judge of California, and Attorney Genevieve Suzuki, board member, SD Japanese American Citizens League.