kaya publishes books of the asian pacific diaspora


Kaya Press is thrilled to announce the official publication of Hapa Japan: History Vol. 1 and Hapa Japan: Identities & Representations Vol. 2 edited by Duncan Ryūken Williams.

Described by Ruth Ozeki as “essential reading for all citizens of our transcultural, transnational, boundless, borderless, beautifully mixed-up world,” these volumes bring together scholarship on the rich historical and contemporary experiences and representations of global Hapa Japanese.

Volume 1 is the first substantial collection of essays to survey the history of global mixed-race identities of persons of Japanese descent. Volume 2 picks up where Volume 1 left off and plots the wide range of Hapa representations in contemporary film, art and society.

We’re excited to launch these volumes at the third annual Hapa Japan Festival, which coincides this year with the Critical Mixed Race Conference, both in Little Tokyo and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The books will be featured and will be available throughout the festival and conference, and Williams will be speaking directly about them at these following events:

Roundtable: Curating Transnational Mixed Race Scholarship

Friday February 24th, 2017. 1 p.m.

Tutor Campus Center | Maaa Cruz Family Board (Room 320a)

Roundtable: Living Dangerously: Mixed Japanese/American Adults During The War Years

Saturday February 25th, 2017. 9:45 a.m.

Tutor Campus Center | Trojan Dining Room (Room 232)


Check out the whole festival program here!


Hapa Japan features the work of:

Vol. 1

Nadia Kanagawa

Gary Leupp

Brian Burke-Gaffney

Ellen Nakamura

Lane Earns

Itsuko Kamoto

Jennifer Robertson

Paul D. Barclay

Duncan Ryūken Williams

Greg Robinson

Yuriko Yamanouchi

Paul Spickard

Eveline Buchheim

Walter Hamilton

Lily Anne Yumi Welty Tamai

Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain

Christine Iijima Hall

Cynthia Nakashima


Vol. 2

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu

Jane H. Yamashiro

Frédéric Roustan

Masako Kudo

Tim Greer

Akemi Johnson

Annmaria Shimabuku

Mitzi Uehara Carter

Laura Kina

Zelideth María Rivas

LeiLani Nishime

Sayuri Arai

Velina Hasu Houston

Kent Ono

Tamaki Watarai

Paul Christensen

Kevin Fellezs

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