2013 / “Hapa” festival cerebrates multiracial Japanese Americans, April 2-6

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A photo from “Visible & Invisible exhibition” / Playwright Velina Hasu Houston’s family: Setsuko Takechi Houston, left, with Lemo Houston, H. Rika Houston (infant, sister of playwright), and Joji Kawada George Houston (brother of playwright) in Tokyo, circa 1956. Courtesy of Velina Hasu Houston.

The Japanese American National Museum, in collaboration with the USC Hapa Japan Database Project, is set to open its next exhibition, Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History, Sunday, April 7 through Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Through photos, historical artifacts, multimedia images, and interactive components, Visible & Invisible explores the diverse and complex history of the mixed-roots and mixed-race Japanese American experience.

A free Opening Night party is planned for Saturday, April 6 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm where visitors can preview this unique perspective on mixed-race within the Japanese American community.

Visible & Invisible is preceded by the five-day Hapa Japan Festival, a free festival featuring hapa musicians and artists, a comedy night, readings by award-winning authors, film screenings of leading documentaries, and a two-day academic conference at USC.

The Festival runs from April 2 through April 6. For more information on the Festival schedule and featured programs, visit www.hapajapan.com

April 2 at 7:30 pm at Bovard Auditorium at USC Los Angeles (3551 Trousdale Parkway in USC campus): Mixing It Up: [Identity and Music] Innovation concert featuring mixed-race musicians Kina Grannis, Justin Nozuka, and Gow.

April 3 at 7 pm at the Japan Foundation, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036: Found in Translation and The Power of Two film screening and discussion with the film’s directors and subject.

April 4, afternoon at the East West Players Theater, 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012: the Hapa Japan Book Fair and Literary Panel featuring award-winning writers Ruth Ozeki, Sesshu Foster, Velina Hasu Houston and Carlos Yushimitode Valle.

April 4, evening at the East West Players Theater: Hapa Japan Comedy Night showcasing comdedians, Anna Suzuki, KT Tatara, Samantha Chanse and Daniel Nainan.

April 5-6 at the USC Davidson Conference Center, 3415 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007: the Hapa Japan Scholarly Conference with academics from Stanford, USC, Kyoto University, and other U.S. and Japanese universities.

April 5 at 7:30 pm at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012: the Los Angeles Premiere of “Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience of Japan” with discussion with the film’s director.

April 6 at 7:30pm at the Japanese American National Museum: the Opening Reception of the “Visible and Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History” Exhibit.

The Hapa Japan 2013 Festival is free and open to the public. Registration is now open at www.hapajapan.com. Several thousand participants are expected from around the world.