Sunday, May 22, 2016Hafu - Poster
12:30 p.m.
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.





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