Hapa Japan Database Project

Hapa Japan

Faculty Members: Duncan Williams, Velina Hasu Houston

One out of thirty babies being born in Japan is of mixed race, ethnicity, and nationality. In the diaspora, Japanese-American and Japanese-Canadian communities are now majority mixed.  “Hapa Japan” is the project focused on the study of mixed roots Japanese in history, in representations, and as a growing part of Japanese identity in both rural and urban communities, in the media, as a part of the entertainment industry, and as representatives of Japan in sports or beauty pageants.  This project is developing a major database and website devoted to accurately documenting the mixed roots experience and sponsors bi-annual conferences bringing together academics, artists, prominent media and political figures, and community organizations.