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After the crowd funding campaign, it is finally time again to interview and photograph hāfu again. Continue reading →
During the day, a selection of 12 photos and questions from the Hāfu2Hāfu project can be viewed on monitors inside the ICP (International Center of Photography) Museum in New York City and during evening hours, images are literally “projected” onto the windows of the ICP Museum; they can be viewed from the sidewalk outside the Museum and are most visible after sunset. Learn more about Projected.
On Thursday 12 April 2018, I was able to attend the Museum to see the photos on display with my own eyes and was greeted by almost 50 New York based hāfu, hapas and friends. We had a few drinks afterwards and some of us went for pizza later on. Thank you all for joining and for making this event an unforgettable experience.
Special thanks to Wesley Verhoeve, the curator of this project, and Ken Tanabe from Hapa Happy Hour NY and Loving Day for reaching out to so many people.
Nextshark, a popular online newsmagazine for Asian youth has written about our project (again) and calls Hāfu2Hāfu one of the most stunning identity projects out there. Continue reading →
A while ago, Nobita from the Japanese Youtube channel ‘Find Love in Japan’ interviewed me. We talked about my personal experiences as well as my findings about being half Japanese in Japan and in the rest of the world. Continue reading →
When Dutch traders of the East India Company (VOC) arrived in Japan in the early 1600’s, they first settled in Hirado, Nagasaki. Western and Chinese merchants were allowed to live and mingle with the locals here freely before the Shogun restricted international relations by declaring several Sakoku Edicts between 1633 and 1639. Most countries were prohibited all contact and trading, while Dutch and Chinese merchants were moved to the artificial island of Dejima in Nagasaki in 1641. Continue reading →