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.
Here is the second installment of my video series.
It is a visual poem. Read, listen, feel, think.
Hopefully you will be curious, look up information and terms you don’t quite know or understand.
Be outraged? Become more understanding? Curious?
Watch this in HD for the best view!
If you prefer VIMEO – the same video is here: https://vimeo.com/153967699
In the Fall of 2014, a group of Mixed-Korean Amerasians, mostly adoptees from Mixed-race orphanages in Korea, went on a small tour organized by the tour group Me & Korea, back to Korea, to the orphanages, and to meet Insooni 김인순 — Black-Korean pop-star/diva, who was partially responsible for this event.
So in 2005, Ryuichi Sakamoto, famous composer-musician from Japan, translated the song, remembered widely by many Japanese as the powerful song sung by Roots singer Chitose Hajime, accompanied by Ryuichi Sakamoto, on Japanese national television in August 2005 on the grounds of the Peace Dome in Hiroshima, observing the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima by the US.
South Korea has the somewhat dubious distinction of being the first known nation to allow adoption out of their country to other countries in an official manner from nation state to nation state. International Adoption out of Korea brings in between 15 to over 20 million dollars annually, according to various financial reports.
Kiyoko Kakinami Cloyd, born in 1929 in Suzhou (Soochow, China). Her mother was mixed-race / heritage of the aristocratic Wu Culture of Suzhou (Soochow), China who’s father was an Austrian missionary in China.
“What does it mean to be haunted by a history of division and destruction, then to migrate and become assimilated into a country that had an active role in creating and maintaining that division?”
in Grace M. Cho, Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy & the Forgotten War, page 159.
This is an ad in a Japanese corporate publication that came out this year. It shows Douglas MacArthur, the so-called “architect of the Occupation of Japan and Korea” after both the Second World War. The ad says: “Let us create a good country.”