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Free Chol Soo Lee

After being sentenced to life for a 1973 San Francisco murder, Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee was set free after a pan-Asian solidarity movement, which included Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Americans, helped to overturn his conviction. Lee then found himself in a new fight to rise to the expectations of the people who believed in him.

Following a screening of the film Free Chol Soo Lee, PBS Hawaiʻi held a panel discussion moderated by Ron Mizutani, PBS Hawaiʻi’s President and CEO.

Panelists included:

  • Alan Shinn, retired, Executive Director, Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii and member, Chol Soo Lee Defense Committee in the SF Bay Area
  • Ranko Yamada, community activist, retired attorney, and participant in CSL movement
  • Eric Yamamoto, retired, Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Hoyt H. Zia, retired attorney, Founding President, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association