September 2, 1945 the instrument of surrender is signed ending
the war in the Pacific against Japan.
Under the reign of General Douglas MacArthur, Japan entered its first
period of occupation.
Despite orders forbidding it, fraternization between United States soldiers
women resulted in a number of children being born in and out of wedlock. Some of
the children were
fortunate enough to leave Japan, to avoid living with a stigma, but many stayed and some were abandoned by
both father and mother. What has become of these children? Since the end of the
itself has risen from the ashes to become an economic giant and, in
contrast, many American
women have intermarried with Japanese men producing a new generation of
who are growing up in both America and in Japan. What is life like for
them in Japan? In America?
What about the generation of interculturals who can trace their roots back
to the turn of the century
and even before--where are they today?
This 85 minute film, narrated by Joe Morton with an original
orchestration by Yosuke Yamashita is the first in depth look at
the lives of the intercultural children of Japanese and Americans from
inside America as well
as inside Japan. In the years since the end of World War II, what has
changed and what remains
the same? This film is an excellent teaching tool for schools,
businesses and internationally focused
organizations. An ideal program for any audience seeking to understand
the social and cultural
experiences of intercultural people in the United States and in Japan.
It is appropriate for
Asian Studies, Anthropology, Ethnology, American Studies,
African-American Studies, History,
Psychology, Multicultural and Cross-cultural Curricula, and International
Affairs. An important
human resource tool for Japanese and American companies interfacing with
a mulitcultural workforce.