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
Like most other Asian nations where American soldiers have tread, there are born the babies from the union between the local women and American servicemen. In Korea, Philippines, Okinawa, Mariana /Solomon Islands, former South Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, etc.– the Americans have ‘fun’ there, and then go back to the Mainland U.S.A. to join their American families (or are single).
Konketsuji Rika 混血児 リカ (Mixed-Blood Rica), is another vintage Japanese movie that was fairly successful for its makers. This movie was released in 1972. It was proven so successful that it was turned into a trilogy with two more films in its series. They are in the “exploitation” tradition. More information here.
South Korean, Filipino, Okinawan, and Vietnamese activists have for years, protested the presence of U.S. military bases in relation to the exploitation of women–
Hoshi no Nagare Ni 星の流れに “In the Flow of the Stars” first recorded and made popular by Kikuchi Achiko 菊池章子 and
“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.
Kiku and Isamu キクとイサム – a 1959 classic movie about mixed Black Japanese brother and sister in postwar Japan
This is one of my mother and I’s favorite movies. It is entitled Kiku and Isamu (キクとイサム), which