Film Screening: Hafu: The Mixed Race Experience in Japan

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Fromm Hall 120 - Xavier Auditorium
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Events and Lectures
Elbers, Krysten Cogswell
Center for Asia Pacific Studies

Hafu:  The Mixed Race Experience in Japan

A Film Screening and Q&A with Director Megumi Nishikura

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Presented by the USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies.

Watch the Hafu trailer here 

Hafu is the unfolding journey of discovery into the intricacies of mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experience in modern day Japan. The film follows the lives of five “hafus”–the Japanese term for people who are half-Japanese–as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself as the mono-ethnic nation. For some of these hafus Japan is the only home they know, for some living in Japan is an entirely new experience, and others are caught somewhere between two different worlds. 

Narrated by the hafus themselves, along with candid interviews and cinéma vérité footage, the viewer is guided through a myriad of hafu experiences that are influenced by upbringing, family relationships, education, and even physical appearance. As the film interweaves five unique life stories, audiences discover the depth and diversity of hafu personal identities. 

Community partners:   Consulate General of Japan, JETAANC, USF Office of Diversity and Community Outreach 

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