Today, according to a few sources, there are an estimated two million Amerasians–children and adults of local women across Asia who have been sired by United Statian military and civilian men and abandoned by the men. If we are to include Ameri-Pacifics–those born in the Pacific and South Seas Islands, the numbers would, of course, be higher. Often, in these stories, the harrowing and rough stories of Amerasians are told, and must be continued to be told. But the stories of the mothers, are backgrounded.
My book: Dream of the Water Children: Memory and Mourning in the Black Pacific, is slated to be out in late spring 2016, in June. All is on schedule so far.
We are working on the layout and design right now, including the placement of the photos. I am also editing the Afterword section after the editor worked with it.
The Layout is beautiful! I thank Gabrielle David and the folks at 2Leaf Press for their very very hard work, their tenacity and dedication.
They walk their talk. A press dedicated to multicultural literature and education is rare! I am so happy with our work together, although as usual, it’s not all easy.
There is a fantastic series of seminars going on at University of Southern California, as part of the Sawyer-Mellon Seminars. It is called: Critical Mixed Race Studies–A Transpacific Approach. This seminar is being held on weekends throughout the school year.
My Book will be published in the Fall of 2014 – by 2Leaf Press.
I will keep everyone updated.
I have provided the Vimeo introductory video here. More will follow.
While watching this video, there are two issues I want to mention.
SORRY–THIS BOOK WILL BE DELAYED until 2017.
During the immediate postwar, the Japanese government and newly formed civic leaders, were in heated debates on what to do with the mixed-Japanese children left by US, British, Australian, and other allied nations’ military men, with the majority being by the US Americans.
One of the little known stories from the legacy of Afro-Vietnamese children born as one of the results of the contact of French Colonial West African soldiers – tirailleurs sénégalais, with the Vietnamese in the French colonial invasion into Indochina/Southeast Asia, is told through the eyes of Christophe, now a 58-year-old man.
This is the first in a series of ongoing video projects based on my personal family history, historical memory, Asia-Pacific postwar ethnography and the historical present. It is on my channel at YouTube.