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The Asian Pacific Legal Experience: Opportunity, Economics, Racism and Hope

  • Event Date: May 20, 2015
  • Event Duration: 4:30-6:30pm
  • Event Location: Minneapolis Federal Courthouse atrium
  • Total in Attendance: 200

On May 20, 2015, 200 guests attended a program organized by the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, the Minnesota Asian Pacific Bar Association, and the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. The exhibition detailed the Asian Pacific Legal Experience in America discerned through three pivotal events: the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Japanese American Incarceration in WWII, and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

The program included recognition of Hmong and Vietnamese veterans and survivors of the Japanese incarceration during World War II, along with a speech by Karen Korematsu, daughter of national civil rights hero Fred T. Korematsu, who was the plaintiff-appellant in the Supreme Court case, Korematsu v. United States. Korematsu shared her father's experience in an internment camp and the impact it had on his life.

Event Program

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For additional information on the District of Minnesota's outreach programs, please contact Rebeccah Parks at or (612) 664-5124.