ensoOregon Nikkei Endowment

Japanese American History Museum
A project of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

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

Museum hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

$5 adults, $3 students/seniors
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Minoru Yasui Programs


Minoru Yasui in the Classroom

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


Minoru Yasui Essay Contest

Press Release
March 27, 2019: Oregon Nikkei Endowment and Minoru Yasui Legacy Project announce the 2019 Minoru Yasui Day Essay Contest Winners

Excerpts from the Minoru Yasui Essay Contest Winners and Runners-Up

In this 2018-2019 school year, the Minoru Yasui Tribute Project and the Oregon Nikkei Endowment are holding the second annual Minoru Yasui Essay Contest. This contest is open to middle and high school students in Oregon. Students submitting essays will be encouraged to learn about Minoru Yasui, an Oregon attorney who challenged the curfew placed on Japanese American citizens during World War II. His test case went to the U.S. Supreme Court. In November 2015, President Barack Obama bestowed upon Minoru Yasui the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given in the United States.

Through this essay, students will have the opportunity to address contemporary civil rights and social justice issues and the actions they have taken or can take to promote justice.

Have you stood up against an injustice in your community? Is there a problem in your community that you would like to address? In what ways does this problem relate to civil rights or social justice? Having read about Minoru Yasui's many efforts to fight injustice and build a society founded on equity and social justice, what kind of help and wisdom would you seek from him in your work?

Prompt: Imagine a conversation between Minoru Yasui and yourself. What would you tell him about the work you have done or your plan of action? What questions would you ask him about your plan? How do you think he would respond? How could your conversation with him help you in your efforts to seek social justice?

Award winners: $250 (high school), $150 (middle school)
Runners-up: $150 (high school), $50 (middle school)

Writing Guidelines:

  • Writing must cite at least one reference related to Minoru Yasui's work and at least one reference related to student's area of interest.
  • Length must be between 500 and 1,000 words, excluding citations.
  • Writing may be in the form of an essay or in the form of a dialogue.
  • Entries must be the original work of the student.
  • Student's name may not appear on any copies of writing submissions.

Finalists selected: March 15, 2019
Awards Ceremony: March 28, 2019

Phone: 503-224-1458


Min Yasui Day 2019




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



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