Introducing Ken Tanabe…

9 14th, 2010

Hello September!

It’s finally starting to cool off here in Tokyo, though we are still seeing daily temperatures of 30degrees C and up. We hope you had an enjoyable summer.

Here’s our second installment of profiling the people behind the film.

Today, we introduce Ken Tanabe who did the amazing motion graphics for the teaser of the film. Soon to be posted online. Recently, the teaser played that 3331 Gallery Event in August. See our post about it here.

Introducing Ken Tanabe

Name: Ken Tanabe
Mix: Father = Japanese Mother = Belgian
Expertise: Graphic design, motion graphics, teaching, community organizing
Birthplace: Washington, DC (USA)
Time spent in Japan: About 4 months (spread across 4 visits)

Your experience growing up as hafu: I never heard the term “hafu” until I started the Loving Day project in 2004. When I started kindergarten, the woman at the school asked what my race was. My mother, who was very ahead of her time, answered “Eurasian.” The lady replied: “He looks pretty white to me” and marked me down as “white.”

Any changes as an adult? As founder of the Loving Day project, I have the joy and privilege of connecting with amazing multiethnic organizations, couples, and individuals all over the world. As an adult, I feel very connected to my identity. Loving Day and the multiethnic community made that possible.

Why you are supporting the film by contributing your skills: It’s an honor to collaborate with such an incredibly talented and dedicated team. The creators of the Hafu film are among the brightest creatives in the multiethnic community. They are sharing the Hafu experience with the world, and I am glad to be a part of that.

What do you hope is the outcome of the film? Loving Day’s mission is to fight racial prejudice through education and to build multicultural community. I believe that this film will further our mission through compelling stories told by unique individuals. Some awards from Cannes, Sundance, and the Academy would be nice, too.

More of Ken’s work: www.kentanabe.com and www.lovingday.org