Sense of Place: Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice, Holly Yasui, Will Doolittle & Peggy Nagae
October 19, 2016 –
Join Gorge Owned as we kick off the Sense of Place Lecture Series with the world premiere of Part 1 of Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice, a documentary film by Holly Yasui and Will Doolittle. The screening celebrates Min Yasui's 100th birthday-- he was born in Hood River on October 19, 1916. The film will cover Min's childhood in Hood River in the early 1900s, his World War II constitutional test case challenging the forced removal of Japanese Americans from the West Coast, and the wartime experiences of the Japanese American community. The 50-minute film will be introduced by Min’s daughter Holly and will be followed with comments by Peggy Nagae, Min’s attorney when he re-opened his World War II case in 1981. Holly, Peggy and Will will then field questions and comments from the audience.
Holly Yasui is the youngest daughter of Minoru and True Yasui, and is co-founder with Peggy Nagae of the Minoru Yasui Tribute (MYT) Project. She has worked in higher education in the U.S. and Mexico and in community development and water projects in Mexico. She is currently working on the film and a play about her father.
Peggy Nagae was the lead attorney for Minoru Yasui in the re-opening of his World War II case, and co-founder with Holly Yasui of the Minoru Yasui Tribute project. Peggy has been highly recognized for her work on the National JACL Redress Committee, and as a Presidential appointee to the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund. She works as a diversity and leadership consultant.
Will Doolittle has over 30 years in media production and has produced and directed numerous short documentaries on a variety of issues, including wetlands protection, farm worker rights, indigenous ceremonial rights, and honoring cultural diversity. In 2013, Will released his first feature-length documentary, Dancing Salmon Home. His production company is Moving Image Productions, LLC, in Eugene, Oregon.
The film screening and lecture will be Wednesday, October 19, at Columbia Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine or beer and meet others in the community. Gorge Owned’s (GO!) Sense of Place is an annual lecture series that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one another.
- When - Wednesday, October 19, 7PM
- Where -Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Oregon
- Cost - $5-$10 suggested donation