Hapa Japan Festival is April 2-6 and explores mixed race and mixed roots Japanese people’s history, identity, and representations through film, music, scholarship, an exhibit, and community activity. Come join them for a concert featuring emerging hapa artists, a comedy night at East West Players, readings by award-winning authors, a historical exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, film screenings of great documentaries, and a 2-day academic conference at USC. Presented by the Hapa Japan Database Project and the USC Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. All events are free and you can register here.
Tue April 2 Mixing It Up! Music and Identity – An evening concert event featuring mixed-race artists: popular YouTube artist and USC alum Kina Grannis, Japanese-Canadian singer/songwriter Justin Nozuka and Gow, from the Japan-based group Genez. Registration is closed on Eventbrite but you can still RSVP at the USC site.
Wed April 3 Hapa Japan Film Screenings – “Found in Translation” and “The Power of Two” – Found in Translation (2005) and The Power of Two (2011) double Feature and a Post-Screening Discussion with Found in Translation director, Masahiko Fox, and The Power of Two documentary subjects, Anabel “Ana” Mariko Stenzel and Isabel “Isa” Stenzel Byrnes
Thu April 4 Hapa Japan Book Fair – Featuring Asian American Literary Review, Kaya Press, Loving Day, Mixed Marrow, Multiracial Americans of Southern California, and various Hapa Japanese authors.
Thu April 4 Hapa Japan Literary Panel – Featured Authors: Ruth Ozeki, author and winner of the Kiriyama Prize and the American Book Award. Sesshu Foster, author and winner of the Believer Book Award and the American Book Award. Velina Hasu Houston, USC Professor of Theater, playwright and editor. Carlos Yushimito del Valle, selected by Granta as one of 22 best Spanish-language writers under 35
Fri April 5 Hapa Japan Scholarly Conference – Part 1
Fri April 5 L.A. Premier of “Hafu – the mixed-race experience in Japan” (2013) – Screening of Documentary Film Hafu – the mixed-race experience in Japan (2013), followed by a Post-Screening Discussion with directors, Lara Perez Takagi and Megumi Nishikura.
Sat April 6 Hapa Japan Scholarly Conference – Part 2
Sat April 6 Exhibit Opening – “Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History” – Opening Reception of the “Visible and Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History” Exhibit. Featuring a performance by singer/songwriter, Meiko.