San Jose, CA

Defining Courage: Reflections of Japanese-American Heroes in WWII

S. F. Mori
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Defining Courage is a film about Japanese American soldiers in the United States Army during World War Ii when they faced discrimination and racism. The documentary is presented along with live actors who add to the show.

Two showings of Defining Courage will be presented on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at 3 pm and 6 pm in San Jose, California. The performance will be held at The Hammer Theatre located at 101 Paseo de San Antonio in downtown San Jose.

Defining Courage is a journey into the legacy of the Nisei Soldier, Americans of Japanese ancestry who served in the segregated military units of the 100th IB, 442nd RCT, MIS, and 522nd FAB. Considered the greatest fighting units in American military history, most have never heard their extraordinary stories.
Join Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Jeff MacIntyre and ABC7-Los Angeles News Anchor David Ono, as they immerse you into the tragic, yet uplifting world of these heroes who fought prejudice at home and the enemy abroad. [From the Defining Courage website]

When Japanese Americans faced extreme discrimination and prejudice after the start of World War II, many were placed into what are now known as American concentration camps. These innocent people were called non-citizens and were unable to serve in the U.S. military.

Later they were asked to serve in a segregated unit of Japanese Americans in the U.S. Army. Many came out of their camp captivity join the 422 or other units. Others were from Hawaii and the inland United States where they were not forced to go into the camps. They showed extreme patriotism and bravery.

This is a chance to see, hear, and experience the heroics through the innocative storytelling of Defining Courage.

Visit the website for more information and to watch a video about the show. There will be performances in other areas in the future.


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