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.
In the present times, the nation-state and its corporate-military structures hold life into place with discourses. As humans, we respond to it. When we live in resistance to certain rules of language, concepts and positions in relation to identity and place and self and community, we find out that assimilating is easier.
The following is the abstract of the paper presented by a colleague of mine, Walter Hamilton at the Japanese Studies Association of Australia 2011 Biennnial Conference held in Melbourne, Australia in July of 2011.
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.
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.
The link I comment on in this post, is to a site called Transracial Abductees: A Critique of Intercountry Adoption (link at the end of this commentary). It is a particular perspective and gaze, a big-picture gaze, a gaze that includes histories of hierarchy in the global economy, global culture. It raises the question of transracial adoption and its effects.