I am beginning an outreach for persons of African-American, Japanese, or Afro-Japanese mixed descent, for three different purposes. I am especially interested in those of the above heritages who have experience, or are a child of those who experienced living during the US/Allied Occupation of Japan in the post-World War II period or were raised by people who were.
I am also interested in meeting people who have had friendships and relationships with those who are from that heritage/background and history.
I am interested in putting out this call for two purposes: 1) To connect with others, like myself, who are of the heritages mentioned and who have experienced life in Japan during the post-WWII Allied Occupation, or who are children of those who have, to share stories and concerns and memories; 2) To find those willing to participate either as interview subjects, or would like to participate in a research project on Afro-Asians and their relations from that time-period. This research project will become aspects of a book(s) and also possible multimedia projects on the history of Afro-Asians, Blackness, and Asian-ness in the Asia-Pacific experience and impacts on social justice and history. This project is only in its infancy and will be crafted as I go along in the coming months with other Afro-Asians in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This project is just beginning, in the idea stage. It will unfold more in the coming months and into years.
At present, there have been no volunteers (as of March 27, 2012). I have made this part of a larger project I am concentrating on, entitled: The Black Pacific Project.
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A man’s midlife reflection on coming of age in Okinawa, Japan.