2015 / University of Tokyo students seek interviewees of Japanese Americans, Aug 24-28

Forwarded for an University of Tokyo student project

Searching for Three Generations of Japanese-Americans

A pair of students from the University of Tokyo are searching for families with three generations of Japanese-American descendants for the filming of a documentary, for an university summer program.

The documentary will focus on the cultural education of each generation of Japanese Americans, especially on language education. We would like to research views from each generation on what culture they want to learn or what culture they want their children to learn. We believe that this will be a window into to exploring Japanese-Americans’ identity.

Those interested in this project will be asked to appear in an on-camera interview. The crew will be traveling to Los Angeles to conduct these interviews, from August 24th to 28th.

Interested participants are kindly requested to be interviewed with two other generations of their family, if possible.

Interviews are expected to require a minimum of 1-2 hours. The team will be based in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, and is willing to travel anywhere within greater Los Angeles to meet interviewees.

This is a non-commercial student film, and unfortunately volunteers cannot be compensated. The complete documentary is expected to run for up to 30 minutes. The documentary will be shown primarily to the University of Tokyo community in a post-program screening, as well as be uploaded online.

If you are interested in contributing to this documentary, please contact the Producer of the team at: team.culturaleducation@gmail.com

Members: Kae Seki and Megumi Iwano, Japanese students of The College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo

The program, designed for students interested in exploring film production and Japanese-American history, is organized by the University of Tokyo Alumni Association of Southern California in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, and in particular Dr. Yuko Itatsu, a USC alumna and Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo.

University of Tokyo’s student 2014 documentaries are available for viewing at the following sites:

“Her Story” (13 min) http://nanka-todaikai.com/?p=494

“Preservation” (13min) http://nanka-todaikai.com/?p=493