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Memories Of Min, Who Fought Internment


Minoru Yasui is no longer with us, but he is well-remembered as the 100th anniversary of his birth approaches. 

Yasui was a native Oregonian, born in Hood River.  But that status did not stop the federal government from sending him to an internment camp during World War II. 

His legal training and challenge to the internment made him famous and earned him a Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

Yasui is remembered in the film "Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice," and a play called "Citizen Min," written by Holly Yasui and directed by Chisao Hata.  Hata visits the Exchange to talk about the inspiration Yasui still provides.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.