Japanese American Museum of Oregon

Formerly Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

121 NW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR  97209
(503) 224-1458

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Temporarily closed in prepration for the museum's move

Minoru Yasui Programs

Minoru Yasui in the Classroom

Minoru Yasui Student Contest 2020

Contest Winners:

High School Recognition for Excellent Work
VANPORT – Time for Redress
Emmett Rashleigh
Rashleigh Home School, Portland, Oregon

High School Recognition for Excellent Work
Power of Celilo Falls – Annihilation and Restoration
Rosalynn Rashleigh
Rashleigh Home School, Portland, Oregon

Middle School First Place
Racist Police Brutality
Macey Embree, Gracella Mendenhall
Cottonwood School of Civics and Science, Portland, Oregon

Middle School Second Place
LGBTQ+ Discrimination Throughout History
Opal Crain, Leila Bravo, Charlie Fogarty
Cottonwood School of Civics and Science, Portland, Oregon

Righting a Wrong! Min Yasui and Redress!

Contest Prompt: Reflecting on Minoru Yasui's legacy during the Japanese American redress and reparations movement, create an action plan for a civil rights violation that the United States should redress today (to apologize for, to set right).

Contest Website: sites.google.com/view/minyasuicontest2020/home

Minoru "Min" Yasui saw people treated unjustly in 1942 and took action. On March 28th, Oregonians commemorate Min's legacy of justice that began with his challenge of the curfew placed on Japanese Americans during World War II. From 1976 to 1984, Min Yasui served as the chair of the Japanese American Citizens League’s National Committee for Redress which fought for an apology from the United States government for the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. However, Min passed away before the passing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Though he did not live to see the government's apology, Min's legacy inspires us to take action today.

Make your own exhibit! Create a Tri-Fold Poster, a photo exhibit, or a short film to capture your redress action plan. Your exhibit should relate an event, action, or violation that occurred in the history or recent past of the United States. View the pdf flyer here.

$100.00 to $200.00 Award prizes. Open to middle and high school students in Oregon and SW Washington.

Phone: 503-224-1458


Never Give Up! Educational Package

Calling all Teachers and Community Leaders! A new documentary on Oregon's own American hero, Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice, is now available for educational institutions and nonprofit organizations through Oregon Nikkei Endowment.

Min Yasui, born & raised in Hood River, Oregon, was the first Japanese American attorney in the state, and during World War II he initiated a legal test case to challenge the incarceration of over 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry. He spent nine months in solitary confinement awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court ... and the rest of his life fighting for the civil rights of all people. To learn more about Minoru Yasui’s legacy, please visit www.minoruyasuifilm.org/about.

The Never Give Up! Educational Package includes the feature film, seven special bonus short films, a study guide, and primary sources (historical and legal documents).

For more information please see: www.minoruyasuifilm.org/educational-package

Click here to order the Never Give Up! Educational Package.



Minoru Yasui: From Roots to Results Curriculum

Minoru Yasui: From Roots to Results is a five-lesson curriculum that introduces students to experiences of Japanese Americans in Oregon during World War II and to the work of Minoru Yasui, the Oregon attorney who challenged the curfew placed on that community in 1942.

The curriculum includes lessons aligned to Common Core Standards and primary source material to support those lessons. The curriculum was funded by the Multnomah Bar Foundation with support from the Oregon Nikkei Endowment and the Minoru Yasui Tribute Project. Contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment if you are interested in receiving a copy of this curriculum.

Phone: 503-224-1458



Please visit our Education page for links to other educational programs.




Oregon Nikkei Endowment
121 NW 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503-224-1458
Fax: 503-224-1459



Never Give Up! Educational Package

Minoru Yasui: From Roots to Results Curriculum


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