Japan, a place that once proudly proclaimed itself a mono-ethnic nation, is now home to many hafus, a Japanese term for people who are half-Japanese. According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, one in forty-nine babies born in Japan today are born into families with one non-Japanese parent. Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan follows the unfolding journey of many of these mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experience in modern day Japan.
The documentary follows the lives of five hafu. For some, Japan is the only home they know; for others, living in Japan is a whole new experience. These five individuals and their families live complicated issues of race, diversity, multiculturalism, nationality, and identity on a daily basis, writing new answers to the questions “What does it mean to be hafu?,” “What does it mean to be Japanese?,” and ultimately, “What does all of this mean for Japan?”
The film is narrated by the hafus themselves, and includes candid interviews and cinéma vérité footage. The viewer is guided through a mosaic of hafu experiences influenced by upbringing, family relationships, education, and even physical appearance. The audience will discover the depth and diversity of hafus’ personal identities as the film interweaves these five unique life experiences.
In partnership with Riverside City College and UCR Extension’s International Education Programs, the Center is pleased to host screenings of Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan at 1:00pm, 3:00pm, and 5:00pm on Sunday, May 10th. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please reserve a space at http://doodle.com/7mtbkyydr26dpg93 or contact the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (951) 222-8846.
This post was contributed by student worker Cynthia Mosley.