Perk: The Writer

11 15th, 2011

やりました!皆様の応援と寄付のおかげでゴールにたどり着きました!ありがとうございます!まだまだ、いろいろなプレゼントが残っているので、キャンペーンは12月11まで続きます。皆様への感謝を込めて新しいビデオを撮りました。是非ご覧ください

WE DID IT! Thanks to all of your heartfelt support and generous contributions we reached our goal! We have been completely overwhelmed by all of your support. We never thought that we would reach and go beyond our goal in just 1 weeks time.

We made a short video message to express our gratitude to all of you. Please watch it now.

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Our campaign is set up to last until December 11th, so we have 27 days left and many great gifts from our collaborators still available. Please continue to spread the word about our project as every little bit helps us to make the best film that we can.

Here’s the listing of all the books that have been donated by either Hafu authors or those who wrote about the experience.  So be sure to expand your knowledge and gain further insight with a $35 contribution.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE BOOKS:

Holly Thompson,  “Orchards”  Young Adult Fiction

How do you know if you’re responsible? After a bullied classmate commits suicide, Kana Goldberg is sent to her family’s home in Japan for the summer. Kana wasn’t the bully, not exactly, but she didn’t do anything to stop what happened, either. As Kana begins to process the pain and guilt she feels, news from home sends her world spinning out of orbit all over again.

Laurel Kamada, “Hybrid Identites and Adolescent Girls: Being ‘half’ in Japan” 
This book examines the ethnic, gendered, and embodied ‘hybrid’ identities of ‘half-Japanese’ girls in Japan, colorfully narrated through their own voices. The girls struggle to positively construct their identities into positions of control over disempowering discourses of ‘otherness’, while also celebrating cultural capital as they negotiate their constructed identities of ‘Japaneseness’, ‘whiteness’ and ‘halfness/doubleness’.

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu “Multicultural Encounters: Case Narratives from a Counseling Practice”
Culture has a powerful impact on how we view the world. Issues of race, culture, and ethnicity are something that counselors and other mental health professionals come across in their practices. This book explores culture specific approaches to treating a diverse population, including learning about different cultures through eliciting key narratives and looking beyond assumptions and stereotypes.

Susan Kamata, “Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering” 
What happens when your child doesn’t speak your native language? How do you maintain cultural traditions while living outside your native country? And how can you raise a child with two cultures without fracturing his/her identity? From our house to your house – to the White House – more and more mothers are facing questions such as these. Whether through intercultural marriage, international adoption or peripatetic lifestyles, families these days are increasingly multicultural.

Roland Kelts, “Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S” 

Japanamerica is the first book that directly addresses the American experience with the Japanese pop phenomenon, covering everything from Hayao Miyazaki’s epics, the burgeoning world of hentai, or violent pornographic anime, and Puffy Amiyumi, whose exploits are broadcast daily on the Cartoon Network, to literary novelist Haruki Murakami, and more. With insights from the artists, critics, readers and fans from both nations, this book is as literate as it is hip, highlighting the shared conflicts as both pop cultures collide in the here and now.

JAPANESE LANGUAGE BOOKS:

Stephen Murphy Shigematsu “Amerajian no Kodomotachi” (Amerasian Children: An unknown minority problem)
The term “Amerajian” refers to someone who has one parent with an American passport and the other parent with a passport from an Asian country. Ameriajians have faced struggles regarding their identity in terms of race and nationality. It is an unavoidable issue stemming largely from the shadow of American troops occupying Asian countries. This moving book delves into the worldwide minority problem that has up until now received very little attention. The authors, some of who are Ameriajians themselves, shed light on this issue through the field work they have conducted in Asian countries including Japan.

SPANISH LANGUAGE BOOKS:

Kayoko Takagi and Clara Janes, “9 Piezas de Teatro No”
An anthology of Noh, or traditional Japanese plays, this book contains plays with memorable characters including powerful gods, fearless samurai, faithful women and otherworldly ghosts. It also has accompanying text and images from the original editions, as well as a documented introduction and glossary.

Tawara Machi, “Aniversario de la Ensalada”
This best selling collection of poems was awarded the 32nd Modern Japanese Poets Association Award. The author is known for tackling modern Japanese subjects using classical forms of poetry, making it more accessible to Japan’s modern youth.

“El Espiritu del Agua, Los Cuentos Tradicionales Japoneses”
A collection of 32 Japanese folk tales, the anthology illustrates the classic themes of imaginary Japan including real and fictional animals and ethereal women.

Kenzaburo Oe, “Renacimiento”
This novel by the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature is a moving tale about the hope that is born from a tragic situation. In the book, the main character, Goro goes on a soul-searching trip to Germany to discover clues on why his brother-in-law committed suicide.