The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. held an event in November 2023 to remember and honor veterans of World War II who are Americans of Japanese descent.
The show "Defining Courage" by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jeff MacIntyre and ABC-7 News Anchor David Ono gives a live documentary performance. Actress/activist Tamlyn Tomita was on hand at the event.
World War II was a period of time when Japanese Americans faced extreme prejudice, discrimination, bias, and racism. They were initially considered to be non-citizens when the war started. Later they were asked to volunteer for or were drafted into the U.S. Army after a segregated unit of Japanese Americans was created. It was the 442nd Regimental Combat Team which was joined by the 100th Infantry Battalion. Other Japanese Americans served in the Military Intelligence Service of the U.S. Army.
"Defining Courage" tells the remarkable story of these brave soldiers who gave their all in defending liberty and proving their patriotism to the United States, the land of their birth.
The filled-to-capacity crowd was moved by the story of the Japanese American veterans of World War II.
The "Defining Courage" documentary and live performances will be held in various parts of the United States in the future.