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Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan

With nearly 98 percent of the population believed to be nationals of the country, Japan can seem to be a racially homogenous society. For foreigners already calling Japan home, though, living in a country where there is little racial diversity can be a challenge. That includes those who are half-Japanese.

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Apr. 13, 2015
2:00pm – 4:15pm

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan

With nearly 98 percent of the population believed to be nationals of the country, Japan can seem to be a racially homogenous society. Yet as the country grapples with a rapidly graying population on the one hand and a steady decline in birthrate, opening its doors to more foreigners may be a question of when rather than if. For foreigners already calling Japan home, though, living in a country where there is little racial diversity can be a challenge. That includes those who are half-Japanese. In Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan, director Megumi Nishikura examines the ups and downs faced by some of those grappling with dual identity in the country. Join us for a screening of the film which will be followed by a discussion on race and identity in Japan with Nishikura and Texas Christian University’s Michael Strausz.

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Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

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