Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

JAPAN AMERICA CENTER SEATTLE

Art from the Hapa Community

Art from the Hapa Community

Jeff Chiba Stearns photo

Jeff Chiba Stearns is an animator and documentary filmmaker best known for his feature length documentaries, One Big Hapa Family (2010) and Mixed Match (2016) . Stearns, who is of Japanese and European heritage, has been an international spokesperson on mixed-race identity since his 2005 short animated film “What Are You Anyways?”. Born in Kelowna, BC, Stearns studied Film Animation at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, graduating in 2001, and soon after founded Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. in Vancouver. Since then, Stearns’ short animations, such as Yellow Sticky Notes (2007), and feature documentaries have been screened and broadcast around the world in hundreds of film festivals and various major networks, and have won dozens of awards and accolades, including a Webby Award and an Emmy® nomination.

Stearns describes his animation style as “Hapanimation”, a blend of Japanese and North American styles. Stearns has published articles and lectured around the world about multiracial identity, cultural awareness, filmmaking, animation, and film distribution. He is also a co-founder of the annual Hapa-palooza Festival in Vancouver.

Mixed Match Documentary Screenings
  • Friday, April 20th
  • 3:15pm - 5:00pm
  • Armory, loft 4
  • Saturday, April 21st
  • 2:00pm - 3:45pm
  • Armory, loft 3
One Big Hapa Family / What Are You Anyways? Screenings
  • Friday, April 20th
  • 1:30pm - 3:05pm
  • Armory, loft 4
  • Sunday, April 22nd
  • 1:15pm - 2:55pm
  • Armory, loft 3
Mixed Match Poster
One Big Hapa Family
Posters of Jeff's award-winning films, One Big Hapa Family and Mixed Match
Paul Kikuchi photo

Interdisciplinary artist and musician Paul Kikuchi will give a brief overview of his work and will present excerpts from a new film, featuring archival footage from Japanese American concentration camps during World War 2. He will lead a discussion with students that focuses on civil liberties, empathy, and activism.

Paul's Event Schedule
  • 9066 Documentary by Paul Kikuchi
  • Friday, April 20th
  • 11:15am
  • Seattle Center Pavilion
  • 9066 Documentary by Paul Kikuchi with Q&A
  • Sunday, April 22nd
  • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Seattle Center Pavilion
  • Hapa Hafu Heritage Art Forum
  • Sunday, April 22nd
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Seattle Center Pavilion
Sampling of Paul's musical works
Tamiko Thiel photo

Tamiko Thiel is a visual artist exploring the interplay of place, space, the body and cultural identity. She works in a variety of media ranging from supercomputers to digital prints and videos, to interactive 3d virtual reality worlds and augmented reality.

Tamiko's Event Schedule
  • Hapa Hafu Heritage Art Expo
  • All weekend long
  • Seattle Center Pavilion
Chinese Gate
Space Needle
Stills from Tamiko's augmented reality series, Brush the Sky, and a panel discussion on the intersection of computing, design, and art at the Museum of Modern Art.
Ramon Isao photo

Ramon Isao is a recipient of the Tim McGinnis Award for Fiction, as well as fellowships from Artist Trust and Jack Straw Cultural Center. His writing appears in The Iowa Review, City Arts Magazine, Ninth Letter, and American Reader. His screenplay credits include Zombies of Mass Destruction and Junk (in which he co-stars). He holds an MFA from Columbia University, and he teaches writing courses at Hugo House.

Pronounced Rah-MOAN e-SOW.

Ramon's Event Schedule
  • Hapa Hafu Heritage by Ramon Isao, with Lisle Wilkerson and Kathy Lusher
  • Saturday, April 21st
  • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Seattle Center Pavilion
  • Hapa Hafu Heritage Art Forum
  • Sunday, April 22nd
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Seattle Center Pavilion
Gabrielle Nomura photo

Since receiving degrees in dance and journalism from Western Washington University in 2010, Gabrielle's involvement in the arts has ranged from working professionally as an arts journalist, co-founding and directing a Seattle-based dance troupe, and receiving grants for her own choreography. At Seattle Opera, she has helped the company garner a national reputation for outstanding social media content, and has also served as a cultural and community adviser. During Madame Butterfly for example, she created programming, blogs, program articles and curated a lobby exhibit surrounding Asian Pacific Islander representation. Gabrielle challenges the Eurocentric views in opera and dance, while empowering intersectional artists and storytellers.

Gabrielle's Event Schedule
  • Hapa Hafu Heritage Art Forum
  • Sunday, April 22nd
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Seattle Center Pavilion
  • Farewell Shikata Ga Nai: excerpt
  • Sunday, April 22nd
  • 3:30pm - 3:40pm
  • Armory stage
Relay Dance Collective 1
Relay Dance Collective 2
Stills and video excerpt of Gabrielle's piece, Farewell Shikata Ga Nai.
Rob Thompson photo

Rob is a graphic and web designer specializing in vector-based art. He has experience in a wide range of disciplines, including book layout, infographics, illustration, and logo design. His personal works show his fascination with mythology and culture, and how iconic figures are interpreted in the modern day.

Rob's Event Schedule
  • Hapa Hafu Heritage Art Expo
  • All weekend long
  • Seattle Center Pavilion
Dog
Monkey
Pheasant
Prints from The Peach Boy series.
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2018 SCHEDULE

  • Friday 4/20: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday 4/21: 10am-6pm
  • Sunday 4/22: 10am-6pm
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