Japanese American Museum of Oregon

Formerly Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

411 NW Flanders St.
Portland, OR  97209
(503) 224-1458

Museum hours:
May 14-June 13: Friends of the Japanese American Museum of Oregon only

Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 503-224-1458 for reservations

Starting June 18: Open to the general public by reservation only

Adult $8, Senior $6, Student $5, Children 11 & under Free

Minoru Yasui Programs

Minoru Yasui in the Classroom

Minoru Yasui Student Contest 2021

Refugee and Immigrant Experiences

This year’s contest theme explores the experiences of refugees and immigrants coming to the United States: the challenges they have faced, the support they have received, the contributions they have made, and the impact this topic as made on you, all in the spirit of Min Yasui’s life work.

The Minoru Yasui Essay Contest is open to all students in the United States and territories attending public, private, parochial, or home school. Members of the Minoru Yasui Legacy Project and their families are not eligible to participate.

Junior Division: open to all students in 8th grade or below as of October 2020.
Senior Division: open to all students in 9th grade or above as of October 2020.

More information soon!

Phone: 503-224-1458


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


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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Current Exhibits



Grace, Grit and Gaman: Japanese American Women through the Generations

Grace Grit and Gaman

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The Legacy Center has a wealth of resources documenting Japanese American history and culture, housing original manuscripts, government documents and publications, as well as historical and contemporary artifacts and photographs.


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