Wednesday, June 07, 2017

War Brides of Japan: Still in Post

a war bride before she was a war bride
Aloha, Hip Hapa Homeez

At the risk of repeating last quarter’s blog, we are repeating last quarter’s blog. 

For those of you who are filmmakers, it’s likely you know why. For those not, please know that filmmaking is a long, involved process and right now our documentary, War Brides of Japan, is still in post.

If you’re interested in learning more about the mixed race experience, please join our Hip Hapa Homeez group page on Facebook. That’s where we discuss everything about ethnicity, nationality and multicultural living.







You can also join our Japanese War Brides and Their Children group page on Facebook to participate in discussions about your war bride mother--or any war bride you may know.

Meanwhile, enjoy these links to info about the War Brides of Japan documentary. If the main (first listed) website doesn’t work, please revisit it later as we have very recently changed web hosts.

War Brides of Japan videos:

War Brides of Japan websites:

War Brides of Japan in the news:
DIFT 
NBC 

War Brides of Japan on Facebook:

War Brides of Japan on LinkedIn:

War Brides of Japan on Twitter:

War Brides of Japan on G+:

War Brides of Japan blogs:

A War Bride's artwork:

We’re still accepting your 100% tax deductible donations, so please check out our Network for Good account to make your contribution.

War Brides of Japan animator Michelle Jericho Poppler...
...has a surprise for you!

Enjoy your summer and arrigatou gozaimashita for your support and encouragement!

Your Hip Hapa,

Yayoi

visiting Masako White (l) in New Jersey

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

War Brides Of Japan: Helping Change U.S. Immigration Laws

Aloha, Hip Hapa Homeez.

Since the U.S. immigration ban fiasco of a few weeks ago, it’s notable how timely our War Brides of Japan documentary is. 

me with my father at right
Remember, the Immigration Act of 1924 prevented Asians from entering the U.S. However, during the American occupation of Japan following WWII, many GI’s—including my father—wanted to bring home the Japanese wives they’d married while being stationed there.

But, in order to make that happen, legislation had to be enacted to allow those marriages and subsequent arrivals of Japanese war brides in America. Thus, the War Brides Act of 1945 was passed. Even though history has rarely acknowledged this monumental effort, some suggest it might have taken longer for other Asians to immigrate to America had it not been for the brave war brides of Japan. Ladies, we salute you!




One of two historians in our film, Regina F. Lark, discusses in detail the impact of that law on screen. 

camera operator Sean Hardin sets up for Regina F. Lark interview
Meanwhile, our editors are moving forward with the project. Please welcome Lynn Hammonds, author of Becoming Misako Kikuchi, who’s assisting with music licensing for the film.

associate producer Lynn Hammonds holds her book, Becoming Misako Kikuchi

However, we still need help through your 100% tax deductible donations. Please visit our Network for Good account and contribute what you can:


We of the War Brides of Japan documentary HEART you and your generosity!

Japanese war brides: Yuriko with BFF Emiko
Also, for more info, please check out our links below. If you haven’t for awhile, we have some new ones:

War Brides of Japan videos:

War Brides of Japan websites:

War Brides of Japan in the news:
DIFT 
NBC 

War Brides of Japan on Facebook:

War Brides of Japan on LinkedIn:

War Brides of Japan on Twitter:

War Brides of Japan on G+:

War Brides of Japan blogs:

A War Bride's artwork:

Arrigatou gozaimasu to all our loyal supporters. And, Happy Hanami! (flower viewing in springtime Japan)

Your Hip Hapa,

Yayoi