Sunday, May 22, 2016
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
HAFU (2013, 90 min., documentary) 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 a 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.
The ﬁlm explores race, diversity, multiculturalism, nationality, and identity within the mixed-race community of Japan. And through this exploration, it seeks to answer the following 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?
Program: Presented in conjunction with the Japanese American Museum of San Jose’s Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History exhibit. Film ticket will be good for gallery entrance.