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Citizen Min: Readings from a documentary play about Minoru Yasui and a panel discussion

Join Dr. Nikki Nojima Louis and Holly Yasui, among others, for an interactive panel discussion about the play, "Citizen Min." "Citizen Min" tells the story of Minoru Yasui, a young lawyer who during World War II challenged the military orders that lead to the forced removal from the West Coast of more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry and their subsequent incarceration in concentration camps. Yasui deliberately violated the first of these discriminatory orders, a curfew, in order to bring a constitutional test case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The readings will comprise about 30 minutes of the program. They depict a period in American history that has been called a “shameful chapter” due to the war hysteria and racial prejudice that lead to the wholesale violation of the human and civil rights of an entire community. The excerpts depict Yasui’s arrest and imprisonment in solitary confinement; the antecedents of racial discrimination against his family and friends; the arrest of his father as an “enemy alien” immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor; the dilemmas faced by the Japanese American Citizens League in the wake of the U.S. declaration of war against Japan. Similar conditions have prevailed in the U.S. since the attack on the World Trade Center, with the ongoing “War on Terror” and law-enforcement practices engendering the same type of response: discrimination against minorities, racial profiling and lack of due process.

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Citizen Min: Readings from a documentary play about Minoru Yasui and a panel discussion

Join Dr. Nikki Nojima Louis and Holly Yasui, among others, for an interactive panel discussion about the play, "Citizen Min." "Citizen Min" tells the story of Minoru Yasui, a young lawyer who during World War II challenged the military orders that lead to the forced removal from the West Coast of more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry and their subsequent incarceration in concentration camps. Yasui deliberately violated the first of these discriminatory orders, a curfew, in order to bring a constitutional test case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The readings will comprise about 30 minutes of the program. They depict a period in American history that has been called a “shameful chapter” due to the war hysteria and racial prejudice that lead to the wholesale violation of the human and civil rights of an entire community. The excerpts depict Yasui’s arrest and imprisonment in solitary confinement; the antecedents of racial discrimination against his family and friends; the arrest of his father as an “enemy alien” immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor; the dilemmas faced by the Japanese American Citizens League in the wake of the U.S. declaration of war against Japan. Similar conditions have prevailed in the U.S. since the attack on the World Trade Center, with the ongoing “War on Terror” and law-enforcement practices engendering the same type of response: discrimination against minorities, racial profiling and lack of due process. The event is free and open to the public.

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