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Hafu: The mixed race experience in Japan

The Asian Migrations Research Theme is pleased to announce the New Zealand premier screening of this documentary film.

All welcome, this is a family friendly event!

The screening will be followed by an informal panel discussion featuring:

  • Megumi Nishikura (Director)
  • Dr. Adam Doering (Centre for Sustainability (CSAFE) Department of Tourism, University of Otago)
  • Dr. Yuko Shibata (Department of Languages and Cultures, University of Otago)
  • Dr. Vanessa Ward (Department of History and Art History, University of Otago)


Produced and Directed by Megumi Nishikura and Lara Perez Takagi, “Hafu” documents 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. 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?

Please see the following links for further details on the film:

Date Thursday, 24 October 2013
Time 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Film
LocationMoot Court, 10th Floor, Richardson Building
CostEntry is free
Contact NameAdam Doering
Contact Phone64 3 479 5101

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