Film screening & Open forum on Mixed-Race in Japan



 Directed by Megumi Nishikura & Lara Perez Takagi, 2013

 WHEN: Wednesday 28th May 2014, Doors open 5:30pm for a 5:45pm start

LOCATION: Wallace Theatre, The University of Sydney


With an ever increasing movement of people between places in this transnational age, there is a mounting number of mixed-race people in Japan, some visible others not. “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 others, living in Japan is an entirely new experience. And still others find themselves caught between two different worlds. As the film interweaves five unique life stories, audiences discover the depth and diversity of hafu personal identities.            (from the official webpage:


*Screening followed by a panel discussion with Rebecca Suter, Koichi Iwabuchi & Hana Gleeson*

 Organised by the Department of Japanese Studies, University of Sydney     & Monash Asia Institute, Monash University

In Partnership with the Japan Foundation, Sydney and the Japanese Film Festival