Saturday, 7 August 2010

Hafu Exhibition in Tokyo 7-29 Aug 2010


The Hafu Project presents
Hafu Exhibition: Photography and Interviews
Natalie Maya Willer (Photographer)
Marcia Yumi Lise (Researcher)

7 August 2010 (Sat) - 29 August 2010 (Sun)

Tue-Thu & Sun 12:00-19:00
Fri & Sat 12:00-20:00

(Closed on Mondays and 14, 15, and 16 August )

Venue: 3331 Arts Chiyoda
Address: 6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-Ku,Tokyo, 101-0021

Nearest station: 1 minute walk from Suehirocho station
on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (exit 4)

Free admission

The Hafu Project is a visual and sociological study & representation of the so-called “Hafu”s.This is the first public exhibition in Japan.The work provides an unfolding journey of discovery into the intricacies of what it is to be a hafu in modern day Japanas well as on a global scale in a time where culture, nationhood and identity are increasingly fluid.

Public lecture "Nibun-no-ni (Two out of two)" vol 2
13 August (Fri) 19:00 – 22:00
**Free event, booking not necessary

Exclusive private tours
7 August 2010 (Sat) 3pm - 5pm
8 August 2010 (Sun) 3pm - 5pm
18 August 2010 (Wed) 6pm - 8pm
21 August 2010 (Sat) 3pm - 5pm
22 August 2010 (Sun) 3pm - 5pm
**Booking required:


Tuesday, 18 May 2010

12 June 2010 A night of fun in Tokyo!

Fundraiser Event12 June 2010 (Saturday)
6pm – 9pm

Venue: Las Chicas B1F in Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan
Nearest station: Omotesando Exit B2 (5 mins walk)

In honor of Loving Day - the day interracial marriage was legalized in the United States (June 12, 1967) - come and celebrate cultural diversity with us bywatching a sneak preview of the forthcoming feature-length HAFU documentary film.

Meet the filmmakers and hafu project researcher, and enjoy an evening of lives performances by comedic HAFU duo LOVE DRIVE and Nazihah's sensual belly dancing!
All proceeds will help produce the Hafu documentary film and the Hafu Japanese photography/research project.

With RSVP or before 7pm is 3000 yen (includes 1 drink)
After 7pm is 4000yen (includes 1 drink)

Book your place(s) early by submitting a booking form here

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

BBC is looking for UK based 15-17 year old Hafus

We have been contacted by the BBC's Religion and Ethics dept. They are making a documentary as part of the BBC's Mixed Race season in 2012. The documentary is looking at the experiences of young mixed race adults from a range of backgrounds in the UK who are currently between 15-17 years old.

The idea comes from the fact that despite only being added as an ethnicity in the 2001 census 'Mixed Race' is now the fastest growing ethnic minority and some say it will be the largest in the UK by 2020 - it is therefore a very young population, with the majority being under 18.

The documentary will be made up of four very different snapshots of engaging young people who are Mixed race. The people are to reflect a diversity of gender, social environments, geographical location, economic advantage, attitudes to ethnicity, Black, White and Asian ethic mixes and follow them in the 6 months leading up to their birthday. The idea is to give a voice to this fast growing ethnic group, show the diversity within the mixed race ethnicity and explore issues relating to young people and their identity.

If you are interested please get in touch with us or Fiona Jones, BBC Religion and Ethics Manchester (

Saturday, 8 May 2010

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"Hafu" & Diversity in Japan"

"Hafu" & Diversity in Japan"

Waseda University

29 May 2010
1:00pm - 5:30pm

Waseda University
Building 16, Room 305

No booking required

Through the study of Hafus, we will explore the "Japanese" and "Japanese culture". The aim is to conceptualise Japan as a multicultural/diverse society. This is the first of an exciting workshop series of the "Hafu" & Diversity in Japan" (working title) research group based at Waseda University, Media/Citizenship Research Centre.

Our first workshop focuses on the varying identities of Hafus. The event will kickstart with a talk by the Hafu Project, which involves the art and academia by curating photography exhibitions, producing short videos/documentary, and offering a wide range of participatory events. In the second half of the workshop we will have some discussion time to talk about the agenda at stake, and the future of the research group "Hafu & Diversity in Japan".

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Talk by Hafu ProjectMarcia Yumi Lise & Lara Takagi
Short Film Screening"The image of Hafus""Group identification among Hafus"

3:20pm - 5:30pm
Agenda of the research group "Hafus and diveristy in Japan"
Navigators: Kawai Yuko (Tokai University) and Iwabuchi Kouichi (Waseda University)

Thursday, 22 April 2010

A launch seminar, mixed race studies

Posted by Marcia

London South Bank University
28th April 2010 (Thursday), 14.30 – 18.30

14.30 - 16.30
Transnational Families: Ethnicities, Identities and Social Capital
by Harry Goulbourne, Tracey Reynolds, John Solomos and Elisabetta Zontini (Routledge 2010)

17.00 - 18.30
Runnymede Perspectives Series--
Lone Mothers of Mixed Racial and Ethnic Children: Then and Now
by Chamion Caballero and Rosalind Edwards
with contributions from Debbie Bryceson, Ralph Grillo, Rob Berkeley and others

For further details, contact:
Dr. Beverley Goring
London South Bank University

Monday, 12 April 2010

Dual portraits of Dutch-Japanese couples

Posted by Marcia

Dutch photographer Lucienne van der Mijle
showcases her new series - “Fading Borders,”
featuring dual portraits of Dutch-Japanese couples.
She explores the ways in which two worlds have “melted together".

Facing Borders
Lucienne van der Mijle.

Until Apr 18 2010

Gallery Le Deco 1F 3-16-3 Shibuya.
Tel: 03-5485-5188
Nearest stn: Shibuya

Free Admission

Open Tue-Sun 11am-7pm
Closed Mon.

Lucienne van der Mijle


Sunday, 4 April 2010

Hafu Gathering - Interview video

Posted by Marcia

We were out filming in Yoyogi park this afternoon at a half Japanese hanami get together. We asked a number of hafus about their motivation behind joining hafu events as well the level of connection with fellow Hafus. We shall edit the filmed footage and make it available in both Japanese and English shortly.

Meanwhile please enjoy the following video which is about the image of Hafus held by people in Japan. It is a short video shot during the summer of 2009 in Harajuku:

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Free film screening at the Embassy of Japan

Posted by Marcia

Free film screening nights at the Embassy of Japan in London
Organised by the Japan Information and Cultural Centre (JICC)

1st Screening - HACHIKO ハチ公物語

Directed by Koyama Seijiro / 1987 / 108 mins
Wednesday, 5 May 2010 at 18:30
The Embassy of Japan
101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT 

Registration from 18:00 (No admittance after 18:45)
Booking essential


Thursday, 7 January 2010

Film "Kiku and Isamu"

Posted by Marcia

"Kiku and Isamu", a Japanese film originally released in 1959 and re-marketed in 2003 as a DVD, depicts two mixed race Japanese children raised by their grandmother in a rural setting, Aizuwakamatsu in the 50s.

With the occasional stares and deragotary comments from strangers, the film explores the lives of two young "Black-Japanese" children raising issues of discrimination and presenting the debate of integration or separation.

While the film touches a difficult and personal topic of race, culture and identity, the portrayal of the mixed race characters is positive and forward-thinking. The viewers are left with a sense of joy and a visualisation of a challenging but bright future.

The film is available in Japan to buy (e.g. Amazon or to rent from limited DVD rental shops (e.g. Tsutaya in Shibuya, Tokyo).

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

identities and inequalities

Intersectionalities: identities and inequalities research group
Roehampton University

Inaugural Symposium
Class: towards new frameworks of analysis

2-6pm, 27th January 2009 (Wednesday)

Chapman Hall, Southlands College,
Roehampton University


Professor Mike Savage
(University of Manchester)
Cultural capital and the politics of belonging.

Professor Andrew Sayer
(University of Lancaster)
Class, worth and contributive injustice.

Dr. Ben Rogaly and Dr. Becky Taylor
(University of Sussex and Birkbeck College).
"I don’t want to be classed, but we’re all classed’":
Making liveable lives in contemporary England.


Professor Gill Crozier (Roehampton University)
Dr. Paul Watt (Birkbeck College)

How to book a palce on this symposium:
Places are limited so please email

Monday, 4 January 2010

The Buraku Issue and Modern Japan

Posted by Marcia

The Buraku Issue and Modern Japan
By Ian Nearny
Director of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies
Professor in the Politics of Japan at the University of Oxford

This book explores the Buraku liberation from the 40s up to the 60s focusing on the left-wing movement in Japan, in particular around the life of an activitist Matsumoto Jiichiro (1887-1966). The book wonderfully explores Buraku history -- a good read for anybody interested in Japanese social history, ethnic/racial studies or social movements in general.

Book launch at the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation
Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP
27 January 2010
4.00pm - 6.00pm
*The book will be available at a special price of £64 on the day.

Dr Ian Nearny also wrote a chapter in the recently published book
Japans Minorities: The Illusion of Homogeneity (2000l, edited by Michael Weiner) -- which is also an excellent read.