October 17th, 2010
The Kyoto Sneak Preview event is less than a week away. We are happy to introduce you to Kris Roche who will be performing in the second half of the event. Click on the links below to get preview of his performance. Looking forward to hearing you live, Kris!
Name: Kris Roche
Mix: Father = American (Italian/Irish) Mother = Japanese
Expertise: Musician (Singer Songwriter)
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
Time Spent in Japan: 19 years + back and forth for 4 years.
Experience as hafu:
Being a songwriter, I would love to be able to say that the tragedies and hardships I faced as a hafu fuels my creativity, and has given my lyrics their dark edge.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) this could not be further from the truth.
As I look back I can confidently say that my experience as a hafu has been positive and quite beneficial to me. Dark themes seem to evade me in my songwriting. Even as a youth I was never severely taunted or excluded from social groups (Which is something I know many hafus have experienced).
When I was younger, I always imagined myself as a Chameleon. I would change my “Colors” to fit specific social environments. If it required me to be more Japanese one day, I would crank that dial up and the same went for my American side.
Changes as an Adult?
I am still that Chameleon 🙂 (See above)
Why are you supporting the film by contributing your skills:
I think that the image of hafus in Japan needs a healthy reboot.
I remember even in my short lifetime, when I was young I would get looks from strangers on the train. I would even get an occasional “Gaijin! Gaijin! HARO HARO!”
Things have changed so much since then. And as a huge wave of hafus start entering adult society I believe we are experiencing a very pivotal time of change. The question is not “Why?” but “Why not?”.
I hope the film gets all the praise and accolades it deserves as an important
commentary on the current situation of mixed race people in not just in Japan but all over the world. I am hoping a great public response, I am hoping greater interest in the areas of mixed race, I am hoping Sundance 🙂