Sunday, June 30, 2024

Summer Sushi And Tokyo Watermelon

Your Hip Hapa
a normalized mixie!

Aloha, Hip Hapa Homeez!

In the 18 years that we’ve been publishing this blog, a lot has changed for us mixies. We multi-culti folks have grown from being a minority within minorities to becoming a rather large presence as more people mix and mingle outside of their own racial groups.

Unlike back in the day when I was growing up, today there are numerous commercial advertisements featuring interracial couples and sometimes their mixed kids. Wow. We’re actually becoming normalized! Hopefully, in the future, seeing mixed-race families will no longer be surprising or shocking to anyone.

Apologies for this quarter’s slim blog, but the new news we have to share continues to be the old news we’ve been sharing.

War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory

First, the ‘War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory’ series is still available for viewing on Gumroad. For less than the price of a latte with foam, you can learn all about these brave Japanese women who married their former enemies:

War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory

Since late last year, we’ve been crowdfunding for 'Tokyo Lily, a war bride docu*memory'. With the money we’re raised so far, we were able to get hours of super 8mm and mini DV tape footage digitized. However, we still need more donations for animation, music and for licensing WWII images.

Tokyo Lily, a war bride docu*memory

Here’s where you can help us:

Watermelon Sushi

And, finally we’ve been editing ‘Watermelon Sushi’ which our Executive Producer (award-winning filmmaker Lowell Douglas Ing) recently had digitized. This feature narrative was first shot in 1998, and today, we have beautiful 8K vintage footage that reflects 1980’s hip hop. The story of two Japanese and black sisters searching for identity also features a deep message of acceptance.

Lowell Douglas Ing sets up his camera at Tokyo Lily's house

We’re also fundraising for that film, and you can donate to it or ‘Tokyo Lily’ at the top of this page. Family, friends and fans of ‘Tokyo Lily’, ‘War Brides of Japan’ and ‘Watermelon Sushi’, we are enterally grateful that you have helped us make these films possible.

Meanwhile, we’re back to interviewing anyone with a multicultural background, or who has projects about the subject matter. Drop us a line if that’s you!

Please check out the links below to learn more about our impactful movies.

Watermelon Sushi website

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Enter the Dragon with War Brides, Watermelon Sushi and Tokyo Lily

 Aloha, Hip Hapa Homeez!

Welcome to the New Year of the Wood Dragon (as of February 10). So far, the charming and fiery creature has propelled us forward—and, fast.

dragon time

For one, we are now in possession of our original ‘Watermelon Sushi’ reels converted to 8K! The footage is just gorgeous, subtly vintage, and with an authentic 1980’s look.

watermelon sushi

Thanks to our Executive Producer, Lowell Douglas Ing--a Dragon himself, we will now complete the film that’s been languishing for decades!

dragon Doug Ing

Currently, we’re busy editing, but we’ll soon be recruiting animators, composers and voice actors for some scenes that weren’t shot the first time around. If you fit any of those talent and crew categories, please get in touch with us.

Meanwhile, we’re also working on ‘Tokyo Lily a war bride docu*memory’. This film is a continuation of the ‘War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory’ five-part series that was released in 2019. But the focus of ‘Tokyo Lily’ is on one war bride who eventually became an artist.

Tokyo Lily

War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory

Ironically (or not), today is ‘Tokyo Lily’s’ fake birthday. Unbelievably, she celebrated two. Since the cut off date for the birthdays of kids starting school in Japan is April 1, 'Tokyo Lily’s’ father reported her birth as March 31. So even though ‘Tokyo Lily' was really born on Buddha’s April 8 birthday, she commemorated both. Otanjoubi omedettou gozaimasu, Yuriko-san!

Since we’re using some of the same sources for both ‘Watermelon Sushi' and ‘Tokyo Lily, a war bride docu*memory’, we’ve made a slight change in our donation link. Please note that any contributions you make may be marked either for ‘Watermelon Sushi’ or ‘Tokyo Lily’. 

Additionally, ‘Tokyo Lily’ has her own crowdfunding page here:

It goes without saying that none of these projects could exist without you, our generous supporters. We truly appreciate you!

Please visit our December post below to learn about some of our most ardent contributors.

Here are some links to where you can stay updated:

Watermelon Sushi website

Watermelon Sushi on Youtube

Watermelon Sushi on Facebook

Tokyo Lily website

War Brides of Japan website
War Brides of Japan on Youtube

War Brides of Japan on Facebook

Let’s meet again in June, mina-san! have a Hapa Haru (spring)!

Your Hip Hapa,


Sunday, December 31, 2023

Wood Dragon and Watermelon Sushi

Aloha, Hip Hapa Homeez!

Are you ready to leave 2023 behind while embracing the incoming Wood Dragon?

While we’re still over a month away from Lunar New Year, we can already feel the excitement of what the Wood Dragon year will bring.

Watermelon Sushi
For us, it’s all about Watermelon Sushi. In fact, our Executive Producer, Lowell Douglas Ing, is a Dragon!

We’re almost ready for editing all the footage that Doug is currently having digitized. Besides adding new hip hop tunes to our decades-old project, we will also be incorporating animation to complete the story.

Follow us and stay updated. We’re everywhere!

You can heck out our website here:

And, you can also meet us here on Facebook:

There are so many folks to thank for their dedication to this project over the years. Some are no longer with us on this planet. But here’s a partial list:

b.r. Winfrey

Rob Lee

the late Derrick Holmes

the late Jaz Dorsey

Darlene Romero

Joe Calhoun

Mike Reed and friends

Mia Gonzalez

Johl Smilowski

Pearl, Jr.

Quie Bwoy

Miwa Lyric

Larry Gamell, Jr.

the late Eric Eugene Doboy Williams

Our late Facebook Friends Jeffrey Daniels and Correnna L. White

All of our Hapa*Teez t-shirt supporters, although this is an incomplete list:

Cassie Hayes

Eva Abram

Julia Baker

Teri LaFlesh


Z Enterprises

Lisa M. Corey

Leslie Morishita

Lola Mann Smith

Corinne D. Spector

Carol Harris

C.A. Harris

Aja Robinson

Tracy Hatico

Rob Lee

Eva Abram
Julia Baker

Carol Harris

Cassie Hayes

Our gratitude also goes out to all the high school, colleges, universities, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, and internet websites and community organizations that have invited us to speak and/or featured us in their publications and other media.

See you at the end of March when The Dragon will be in full force.

Akemashite Omedettou Gozaimasu, Hau'oli Makahik Hou, Happy New Year!

Your Hip Hapa,


Saturday, September 30, 2023

Autumn Announcements

Aloha, Hip Hapa Homeez!

Here’s to a Happy Hapa Fall making all of your Autumn dreams come true.

At long last, ours are starting to manifest, and it appears that we’ll be producing our ‘Watermelon Sushi’ film next year.

Our esteemed Executive Producer, Lowell Douglas Ing, has already begun the process of having our old 16mm reels scanned and digitized for editing. With a mix of animation and other new-fangled editing processes, we'll be releasing a uniquely artistic film. Initially shot 25 years ago, ‘Watermelon Sushi’ will definitely benefit from today’s wizardly technology!

As for Doug, his own film, 'Alan @ Work' has been making the festival rounds. Next up for a screening is HIFF, in Doug's hometown:

filmmaker and EP Lowell Douglas Ing

Watermelon Sushi's original cast

One of our early 'Watermelon Sushi' producers is no longer with us, and we’d like to acknowledge his major contributions while promoting us in Japan. Arrigatou gozaimashita, Derrick Holmes!

producer Derrick Holmes

Meanwhile, we’re still presenting the ‘War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory’ series at various colleges and universities. The topic of women marrying their former enemies during WWII is always a hot button issue. And, we’ve really enjoyed participating in discussions about interracial marriages and mixed-race kids, too.

You can learn more about those films at this link:


There are also Youtube channels for ‘Watermelon Sushi’ and ‘War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory’:

Watermelon Sushi

War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory

If you’d like to learn more about our film productions, please visit our websites:


Watermelon Sushi

War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory

Tokyo Lily

Besides working on ‘Watermelon Sushi’, we’’re also in preproduction for Tokyo Lily, a film about a Japanese war bride who became a notable artist. The website for that movie should be available early next month. A graphic novel, ‘Lily Wisteria’, will eventually be published, too. And, of course, promo items like t-shirts, stickers and posters will be created and offered.

blogger Yayoi

Here’s where you can read more about ‘Tokyo Lily’:



Please stay warm and toasty while you’re out there raking leaves. Or better yet, our little mixie fans, curl up with a ‘War Brides’ film or two. We love having your support!

Your Hip Hapa,