JASH Weekly Update 4/22: “Facing the Mountain” by Daniel James Brown

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,


We love collaborating with other Japan-America programs! Coming up on Tuesday, May 11 at 2:00pm (HST), JASH is proud to be a community co-sponsor for Densho’s official virtual book launch ofFacing the Mountain. Written by Daniel James Brown, NY Times best-selling author of The Boys in the Boat, this new book takes place in the backdrop of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans and details the exploits and heroism of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all-Japanese American segregated unit. The virtual event will feature a conversation between Brown and Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda, who has conducted oral histories with many of the men highlighted in the book.


There is no cost to attend the virtual book launch, but pre-registration is required.

Facing the Mountain is a chronicle of wartime America and the battlefields of Europe. Based on extensive interviews with the families of the protagonists as well as deep archival research, Daniel James Brown captures the kaleidoscopic journey of four Japanese American families and their sons. While some fought on battlefields as members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, others fought to defend the constitutional rights of a community. Regardless of where their battles played out, these individuals were exemplifying American patriotism under extreme duress by striving, resisting, standing on principle, and enduring.


For more about the book, visit Daniel James Brown’s website.


Densho, an organization that has been preserving Japanese American history for the past 25 years, has worked closely with Daniel James Brown from the outset to ensure that the story is accurate and truly reflects the Japanese American WWII experience.


Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda, who conducted the oral histories with many of the men highlighted in the book, writes in the foreword: “Facing the Mountain comes to us during a time of deep unrest, a time when our empathy for others is so needed to guide the choices we will make. This book will open hearts.”

Shared Events

Hosted by Nisei Veterans Memorial Center

Virtual Program

The Nisei Narrative:

"4 Generations, 2 Sisters, 1 DREAM"

Tues., April 27, 2021

4:00pm (HST)


The returning Nisei soldiers adopted a motto of "Continuing Service". Their values of honor, responsibility, and kodomo no tame ni (‘for the sake of the children’) are as relevant today as they were 75+ years ago. Join sisters Ann and Lori Teranishi as they share their family's legacy and collective dream to make this place better for the next generations. For details and to register, click here.

Hosted by the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival

Virtual Program HIFF Showcase Series: Indigenous Lens April 15-25, 2021


From April 15-25, the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival presents their Indigenous Lens Showcase Series through their on-demand video streaming platform. Powered by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), this series expands on HIFF’s mission to be the festival of record of Indigenous, Aboriginal and First Peoples from the Pacific and the Americas. Indigenous Lens features the latest works from Kanaka Maoli, as well as media artists from New Zealand, Australia and greater Polynesia and Oceania. The Indigenous Lens lineup features award winning festival favorites, and fresh new titles of 2021. Exclusive for JASH Members, receive $2 off the non-member price for a single film by entering code JASH at checkout. JASH is proud to be a Festival Partner for the 2021 Hawaiʻi International Film Festival. To view the Indigenous Lens lineup and purchase tickets, click here.

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