Perk: The Hafu Project booklet

11 7th, 2011

As you know we started our Indiegogo campaign a few days a go. We can’t believe the tremendous amount of support we have already gotten in just a few days. Thank you so much!

One thing you may or may not know is that our project evolved out of the Hafu Japanese Project. The Hafu Japanese project is:

 “an ongoing project that creates a dialogue about being in between cultures. By increasing discussions about culture, ‘race’ and ethnicity we hope to achieve a deeper understanding of these issues. For this reason we actively give public lectures and organize events.”

A very large component is a photography and interview series conducted by researcher Marcia Yumi Lise and photographer Natalie Willer. To this date, they have interviewed over 60 hafus and photographed an additional 70.  Lara and myself participated in their photo shoot when they came to Tokyo in 2009. Indepdeant of each other, we both approached Marcia and Natalie and asked them if they wanted to add a audio/video component to their project. 6 months later we began filming!

They recently produced their first publication – a 40-page full color A4 brochure -which gives you an insight into the lives of hafus. The booklet also provides facts and figures on Japan’s changing population and diversity.

For the $20 Perk on our campaign, you can receive a English PDF version of this publication that inspired our film.