Yasuri, Korematsu and Hirabayashi - Later Years

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In this photo, we see three Japanese-Americans who challenged the federal government's right to uproot and relocate people during World War II.  From left-to-right are:  Fred Korematsu, Minoru Yasui and Gordon Hirabayashi.

Yasui was the first to challenge, and lose, his case.  His family, one of Oregon's best fruit-growing producers, lost all their assets when the U.S. government confiscated them after the Pearl-Harbor bombing.

The U.S. National Park Service has published a book which tells us more about it.  See, for example, Chapter 18 of "Confinement and Ethnicity:  An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites."

From Chapter 3, of the referenced book, we learn this:

Evidence surfaced that the War Department and the Justice Department had altered blatantly racist reports and submitted false information to the Supreme Court about the potential danger posed by the Japanese Americans. 

With this newly discovered information Federal District Courts overturned Fred Korematsu's conviction in 1984, Minoru Yasui's conviction in 1985, and Gordon Hirabayashi's conviction in 1986. 

In 1989 the U.S. government officially apologized and granted redress of $20,000 to each surviving evacuee.

This image, of the three challengers, is part of the referenced book (figure 3.22).

Media Credits

Image, described above, published by the Western Archeological and Conservation Center, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Publications in Anthropology 74.  1999 (rev. July 2000).  

Online, courtesy U.S. National Park Service.  


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