Dream of the Water Children: The Black Pacific

Australia’s Occupation Babies of Postwar Japan: Walter Hamilton’s Study

Australian forces of the BCOF (British Commonwealth Occupation Forces) in 1946 in Kure, Japan on parade for Anzac Day. Photo courtesy of Australian Government Dept. of Veteran Affairs.

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.

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Academy Awards, Racism and Sayonara: Creating the White Pacific

Miyoshi Umeki’s character pouring warm bath water onto her onscreen partner played by Red Buttons.

Many people don’t know (and perhaps don’t care), that a Japanese woman became the first actor of East Asian descent to win an Academy Award.  Her name was Umeki Miyoshi 梅木 美代志, or better known as: Miyoshi Umeki ミヨシ・ウメキ  (May 1929-August 2007).

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Vintage Japanese Film – Trailer: Konketsuji Rika 混血児 リカ (1972)

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.

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A Blog Site: Critique Empire, Race and Transracial Adoption

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.

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