ASIJ was proud to screen HAFU the film at Ricketson Theater on January 26th. Co-produced and directed by alumna Megumi Nishikura ’98, Hafu the film takes a look into the lives of individuals and families with half-Japanese backgrounds. The challenges faced by those who grow up as Hafu as well as the significance of multiculturalism in Japan are thoroughly explored through the stories of these five individuals.
The screening was preceded by a short presentation that Megumi gave at TEDx. She describes her own experiences with growing up as Hafu in both Japan and America, in addition to illustrating the obstacles that she has faced as half-Japanese.
Official Synopsis: 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. This newly emerging minority in Japan is under-documented and under-explored in both literature and media. The feature-length HD documentary ﬁlm, “Hafu – the mixed-race experience in Japan” seeks to open this increasingly important dialogue. 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?
ASIJ’S Screening was sponsored by the Chofu PTA as part of their speaker series.