2013 Festival Talent

• Fred Wah
• David Chariandy
• Yasuko Thanh
• Glenn Deer
• Michelle Kim
• Brent Hirose
• Jason Karman
• Kyle Toy
• Tetsuro Shigematsu
• Travis Bernhadt
• The Kauhane School of Polynesian Dance
• Michael Ouchi

“Hapa-palooza is a very cool festival for all of our hapa/hybrid/half-blood/cross-bred/metis/mestizo/mixed-race/halved-and-doubled selves.”

Ruth Ozeki, acclaimed author, 2012 festival panelist

Thank you to all of our panelists, artists, attendees and volunteers for another successful festival run!

NOV 9, 2013

‘HAFU’ screening

To be entered in a draw for a pair of free tickets, please email info <at> hapapalooza.com with your favourite mixed actor, director or filmmaker by Nov. 7, 2013!


With an ever-increasing movement of people between “places” in this transnational age, there is a mounting number of mixed-race people in Japan, some visible, others not. “Hafu — the mixed-race experience of Japan” is a journey of discovery into the complex multicultural experience of mixed-race Japanese in modern day Japan. The film follows the lives of five hafus—the Japanese term for people who are half Japanese—as they explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that once proudly proclaimed itself to be mono-ethnic. For some of these hafus, Japan is the only home they know. For others, living in Japan is an entirely new experience. And still others find themselves caught between two different worlds.

Time and Location: Saturday November 9, 1.30pm at International Village
More details: http://www.vaff.org/festinfo/vaff-17-day-3-program-6
Director/Producer: Megumi Nishikura

Co-Producer/Director: Lara Perez Takagi
Documentary | HDCAM | Colour | 2013 | 90 min | Japan | Japanese with English subtitles

Previous Screenings/Awards: Special Jury Award: San Francisco Int’l Asian American Film Festival; Official Selection: New York Int’l Asian American Film Festival, Los Angeles Asia Pacific Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival

OCT 8, 2013 

1359Join us for the award winning documentary, A Lot Like You. Filmed mainly in Tanzania, this evocative personal journey examines the director’s multiracial identity, her Tanzanian and Korean heritage, and the complex ties children have to their parents and culture. In KiSwahili, KiChagga, and English with English subtitles. Director Eliaichi Kimaro will be in attendance to introduce the film and for a post-screening Q&A.

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013
6:30 pm
Admission is FREE. Seating is limited.

Alice MacKay Room (Lower Level)
Central Library
350 West Georgia St., Vancouver

For more information about this event, contact Grace Chin at grace.chin@vaff.org

This screening is co-sponsored by Hapa-palooza Festival



September 18, 19 and 21


Sept 18 (Wed) Mixed Voices Raised 7-8:30pm

Presenting the hottest BC literary talent discussing hybridity, identity and creativity!

Location: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, Alice MacKay Room.

Join Canadian Poet Laureate Fred Wah, 2009 Journey Prize winner Yasuko Thanh, and critically-acclaimed author David Chariandy in discussion with UBC English professor Glenn Deer exploring their mixed cultural upbringing and its influence on their creative work.

Sept 19 (Th) Mixed Flicks 7-8:30pm

Directors! Actors! Screenings! Premieres!

Location: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, Alice MacKay Room.

Curated by Jeff Chiba Stearns, hosted by YouTube personality Tetsuro Shigematsu, join us as we explore the latest media featuring multi-ethnic subjects and casts. The evening also includes a discussion panel with actors and filmmakers of mixed ancestry. Actors in attendance include Kyle Toy, Michelle Kim and Brett Hirose. Featuring the Canadian Premiere of Ema Ryan Yamazaki’s documentary on third culture kids, Neither Here Nor There, and the narrative short film Kimchi Fried Dumplings by Jason Karman, featuring Kyle Toy.

Sept 21 (Sat) Hapa Family Day in the Park 1-4pm

Face-painting, family crafts, music and magic!

Join us for this day of family fun! Bring down a blanket and picnic and meet the other beautiful families of mixed-identity in your community.

MCed by Toddish McWong, Gung Haggis Fat Choy
1-4 pm            Family Tree Crafts
1:30-2:30      Roaming magic by Travis Bernhadt
1:30-3:30      Ultimate balloons by Michael Ouchi
1:30-3            Face-painting by Marie-Helen Babin
2:30-3:30      Polynesian dance demo and hula workshop by The Kauhane School of Polynesian Dance
Throughout  Conversation, laughter, connection!

Location: Granville Island Picnic Area (covered area next to the waterpark and playground)
NB: Rain or shine!

“There’s a new festival in town, and it looks to be one of Vancouver’s finest.”

Jenny Uechi, Editor, Vancouver Observer


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Thank you to everyone who made Hapa-palooza 2011, 2012 & 2013 a huge success!
We sang, we danced, we talked, we laughed. We connected.

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