FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 11, 2023


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Defining Courage Adds Shows at Hammer Theatre October 22

LOS ANGELES, CA – Following recent sold out shows in Honolulu, Irvine, and Los Angeles, Defining Courage is bringing the show to San José’s Hammer Theatre on Sunday, October 22, 2023 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The immersive live performance honors the most decorated US soldiers of World War II—the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service.

The stories of these Nisei soldiers (Americans of Japanese ancestry), many fighting for the US while their families were incarcerated in America’s concentration camps, are told in a unique live performance that combines live storytelling, new and historic film footage, eyewitness interviews, and live music.

The October 22 performances of Defining Courage are presented by Story Boldly, the Japanese American National Museum, Outside In Theatre, the Japanese American Citizens League, the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, the Japantown Community Congress of San Jose, the National Japanese American History Society, and the U.S.-Japan Council. Media sponsor is ABC-7.

“The stories we know are still just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the stories that are out there. I feel like there’s an infinite amount of these wonderful stories to tell, so I’ll always be devoted to the Japanese American story,” said David Ono, the host and co-producer of Defining Courage. “The goal was to create an unforgettable show that combines live music and narration with multimedia storytelling. It is the perfect way to keep this important story alive in the most memorable way.” 

Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now. More details about the show are available at