For 2016, HAPA Society committed to creating year-round community programming in addition to producing our annual Hapa-palooza festival every September, allowing for more access to content on diversity, mixed-heritage awareness, and community-building. 

We thank our 2016 sponsors and volunteers, without whom none of this would be possible!

HybrIDentity Art Workshop
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 6:30-8:30pm
Heartwood Community Cafe (317 E. Broadway)
Free Public Event - RSVP on Facebook

A hands-on art workshop that explores how immigration and multiculturalism continue to shape Canadian society and identity through language, text & image.

Led by Nargis Dhirani.


Mixed Voices Raised:
Environmental Advocacy Panel + A Last Stand for Lelu Film-screening
June 1, 2016  - 7-8:30pm
VPL Central Branch - Alice MacKay room
Free Public Event

HAPA Society / Hapa-palooza presents A Last Stand for Lelu film screening with hapa environmental advocacy panel featuring the film’s co-director Tamo Campos (Founder of Beyond Boarding), Anne Casselman (Environmental journalist), Toby Barazzuol (Owner of Eclipse Awards) and Kai Nagata (Communications Director at Dogwood Initiative). Panelist will explore the connection between their passion for environmental activism and being of mixed heritage.  Moderated by Hapa-palooza co-founder Zarah Martz.  In association with the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society.

Produced & Directed by Farhan Umedaly (VoVo Productions) & Tamo Campos (Beyond Boarding) 2016, Canada, 24 minutes

A great injustice is being done on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, B.C., the sacred and traditional territory of the Lax Kw'alaams people for over 10,000 years. The B.C. provincial government is trying to green light the construction of a massive LNG terminal on the island – Pacific Northwest LNG, backed by Malaysian energy giant Petronas, without consent. The Lax Kw'alaams are the keepers of Lelu Island and its connected Flora Bank, a massive sand bar that is part of the Skeena River estuary and known by fisheries biologists as some of the most important salmon habitat in Canada. The project would devastate the Skeena River, the natural wildlife and countless communities in the path of the LNG pipeline that will feed the terminal with fracked gas from Northeastern B.C. The Lax Kw'alaams have voted unanimously against the project and became legendary when they rejected a $1.15 billion dollar deal from Petronas in an attempt by the company to gain consent. Ignoring the voice of the Lax Kw’alaams, Petronas, with full backing of the Provincial Government have illegally begun drilling into Flora Bank where they now face off against warriors of the Lax Kw'alaams who have occupied the island since August 2015.

Join the resistance of the Lax Kw’alaams on both land and sea in ‘A Last Stand for Lelu’. Worldwide debut February 15, 2016: Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF)

Afternoon Matinees – Powell Street Festival
Saturday Jul. 30, 2016 - afternoon

Hapa-palooza is pleased to present two documentary screenings as part of the 40th Annual Powell Street Festival (2016)


Fall Seven Times Get up Eight: The Japanese War Brides (2015 – 27 min.) – Hapa-palooza / HAPA Society is proud to co-present the latest documentary from Hafu (2013) filmmaker Megumi Nishikura as part of the Mixed Flicks screen- ing series curated by filmmaker JeffChiba Stearns. Atsuko, Emiko and Hiroko were among tens of thou- sands of Japanese women who married their former enemies after World War II. They landed in 1950s America knowing no one, speaking little English and often moving in with stunned in-laws. In brutally hon- est conversations with their daughters, they reveal the largely untold story of the Japanese war brides. 


戦後間もなくして渡米した約5万人の戦争花嫁たちの数奇な 運命をたどるドキュメンタリー映画です。戦後間もなくして渡 米し、「戦争花嫁」となった日本人女性たちの長女として 生まれた3人のアメリカ人ジャーナリストたちが、母親が旧敵 国アメリカで経験 した結婚・移民・人種問題をたどったドキュメンタリーです。「 七転び八起き」の ことわざのように、3人の母親たちは数々の障害や悲しみを 乗り越え、自分なり のアメリカンドリームを達成しました。日米のルーツを持つ母 親と娘たちの対話 から、新しい日米関係の存在が見えてきます。

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2)        GOOD LUCK SOUP · ハパ パルーザ: 「お雑煮」

Good Luck Soup (2016 – 56 min.) – Hapa-palooza / HAPA Society is proud to co-present Matt Hashiguchi’s latest documentary as part of the Mixed Flicks screening series curated by filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns. “I don’t want to be Japanese!” film-maker Matthew Hashiguchi recalls yelling at his father. Growing up Japanese-American in a predominantly white Irish-Catholic neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, Matthew wondered what made him different, why he stood out. Years later he set out to document his family’s experiences of being Japanese in America before, during, and after World War II.

お雑煮 土曜日、午後430 ファイアーホール・アート・センター

映画製作者マシュー・ハシグチがお父さんを「日本人であるな んていやだ!」のように怒鳴ったことを思い出しました。オハイ オ州のクリーブランドで育てられた日系アメリカ人マシュー は、自分がなぜ異なったかと問いました。数年後、マシューは自 分の日系アメリカ人家族が第二次世界大戦が始まる前、始まる 後、終了後アメリカにいる体験を記録しました。

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