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,