Finding Hapaness

Ha・Pa /noun/ Hawaiian term meaning half.

Ha • Pa

After talking to a Canadian woman of mixed Japanese heritage, filmmaker Ashley Sugimoto realized that she had never connected to someone else on the basis of her own Japanese heritage before. She wondered why.

Finding Hapaness

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Puzzle Piece 2: Crowd Funding + Gathering Information

From what our director, Ashley, remembers growing up in the Canadian education system without really learning much beyond the early settlers of the nation. As we begin to connect to other members Japanese Canadian community, even through the process of making this film, it is becoming extremely evident that there is a communal need for the assurance that we really are all one and the same.

Puzzle Piece 1: Places of Identity

It was almost an out of body experience, to be surrounded by many other Japanese Canadians in an environment where we could appreciate our culture. I took along my friend along and while he was trying onigiri for the first time, I was remembering how much I loved it as a kid.