The purpose of the Minoru Yasui Tribute (MYT) is to honor and reflect upon the contributions of Minoru Yasui in “making the world a better place.” The project culminated in various Centennial Tribute events in 2016 – the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Several independent projects are continuing:

 

  • Annual celebration of Minoru Yasui Day including Awards Ceremony for the MYDay Essay Contest
     

  • Distribution of the documentary film, Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice educational package (57- and 45-minute versions, short video extras, Study Guide).
     

  • Preservation of Min Yasui's jail cell at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

     

2016 Centennial Activities included:

The Minoru Yasui Civil Liberties Symposium in Portland, OR was held on April 23, 2016.

 

- Civil Rights Today: the Legacy of Minoru Yasui was held at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles, CA, scheduled for April 30, 2016.

 

- Citizen Min in New Mexico -including readings from the play Citizen Min, clips from Never Give Up! and multi-cultural dicussions, during the week of May 4-10, 2016.

 

- Citizen Min: A documentary play and dicussion -- readings from he play and multi-cultural discussions, took place on June 25 and 26 in Seattle, WA.

- Vision and Vigilance -- readings of exerpts from he the play "Citizen Min" and round-table discussions held in Portland, Ontario and Hood River, Oregon. 

 

- Minoru Yasui Tribute in Hood River, OR including the inauguration of an etched stone monument in the Hood River Public Library garden, took place on October 19, 2016 - Min Yasui's 100th birthday in his hometown.

 

- Minoru Yasui Legacy Celebration in Denver, CO on October 23, 2016 focussing on Yasui's life's work based out of Denver.

 

Additional activities taking place in support of the Min Yasui Legacy project in general are:

 

* creation and maintenance of a Min Yasui Legacy web page

 

* creation and maintenance of a webpage for the film, www.minoruyasuifilm.og

 

* Production and maintenance of Min Yasui Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

* Media coverage of Min Yasui Legacy events and positions; blog and newspaper/magazine articles, feature stories and reports.