Saturday, April 1, 2017
Columbia Center for the Arts, Gorge Owned, the Hood River County History Museum, the Hood River County Library District, and the Yasui family of Hood River have co-sponsored a special screening of the film “Never Give Up!”
The screening will take place on Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts, located at 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Director Holly Yasui will speak and host a Q and A after the screening. This event is open to the community with a suggested donation of $5 to further expand the reach of Minoru (Min) Yasui’s story.
“Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice (Part One)” tells the story of Yasui, son of Japanese immigrant parents, born in 1916 and raised in the farming community of Hood River. 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. internment 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. This version of the film also contains a brief summary of Part Two ─ 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 co-directors of the film, Holly Yasui, Min Yasui’s youngest daughter, and Will Doolittle, decided to release Part One of the film in 2017 in order to contribute to the discussions surrounding the Japanese American World War II experience and the issues of immigration, racial profiling, and due process of law.