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2023 Minoru Yasui Day 

A Virtual Reflection

Behind These Bars:
An Activist is Born

Watch the livestream event

In 2016 Oregon’s legislature designated
March 28th Minoru Yasui Day to honor the state’s only Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee’s tireless fight for equality, justice, democracy, and civil rights. Each year (or state year), we celebrate Minoru Yasui Day with a special event to commemorate his contribution.

You can watch this year’s program above, featuring:

  • The Man: Reflections from Dr. Homer Yasui, Honorary Chair of the Min Yasui Legacy Project and historian extraordinaire.

  • His Work: Reflections from Dr. Robin Yasui, Minoru Yasui’s niece, on Min’s life work as a Colorado attorney addressing injustice across all populations. In addition to the Asian population for which he is most well-known, he advocated for the rights of women and LGBTQ community, Native and African Americans, Jews, and Latinos.

  • His Legacy Today Panel: The importance and relevance of Min’s work across generations, from high school to social justice lawyers.

  • Behind These Bars: Dedication of the jail cell where Min spent nine months in solitary confinement fighting for justice for all Americans. While these bars could not confine Min’s spirit, the arduous journey of the cell from the Multnomah County Courthouse to its permanent resting place at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon in Portland symbolizes Min’s life work and how this spirit of an extraordinary activist was strengthened rather than diminished by confinement. Min’s determination and faith in our Constitution will be illustrated by the reading of a few poems written behind these bars.


This event is hosted by the Minoru Yasui Legacy Project in collaboration with the Japanese American Museum of Oregon (JAMO).

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Special thanks to our sponsors (partial list)

Pillars of Justice
Families of Masuo & Shidzuo Yasui | Laura's Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation |Meyer Memorial Trust

ACLU Foundation of Oregon |Chop Yasui Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation

University of Oregon Division of Equity and Inclusion | NW Natural





Minoru Yasui Stalwarts

Portland JACL | The Standard




Minoru Yasui Legacy Boosters
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital | Janet Hamada


Friends of Minoru Yasui Day
Peggy Nagae Consulting
 | Beaverton School District Office of Equity and Inclusion

Carol Annala

Tara Asai

Nunamaker Realty

Joella Dethman

Solidarity Sponsors
APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
)|Aragon High School, San Mateo, California

Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, Grant High School, Portland Oregon|Oregon State Bar

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