One Big Hapa Family film screening

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Film & Other Media

Abr 201119

Columbia University, Hamilton Hall 517
2960 Broadway
take the Uptown 1 train to the 116th St. stop
New York, New York, 10027
United States

A documentary film exploring Japanese Canadian interracial marriages and identities, by Jeff Chiba Stearns
Q&A with Filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns following the screening!

"One Big Hapa Family is one of the most thorough, fun and open-ended pieces I've seen about how young people perceive their mixed-race identities."

- Toronto Reel Asian Int'l Film Festival artistic director Heather Keung
After a realization at a family reunion, half Japanese-Canadian filmmaker, Jeff Chiba Stearns, embarks on a journey of self-discovery to find out why everyone in his Japanese-Canadian family married interracially after his grandparents' generation.

This feature live action and animated documentary explores why almost 100% of all Japanese-Canadians are marrying interracially, the highest out of any other ethnicity in Canada, and how their mixed children perceive their unique multiracial identities.

The stories from four generations of a Japanese-Canadian family come to life through the use of innovative animation techniques created by some of Canada's brightest independent animators, including, Louise Johnson, Ben Meinhardt, Todd Ramsay, Kunal Sen, Jeff Chiba Stearns, and Jonathan Ng.  One Big Hapa Family challenges our perceptions of purity and makes us question if mixing is the end of multiculturalism as we know it.


OPEN to the PUBLIC, no RSVP needed

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APA_Institute . Última actualización Abr 18, 2011 12:24 p.m.


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