One Big Hapa Family - Todd Ramsay Animation Sequence

Uploaded on Monday 14 January 2013


An animated clip from the feature length documentary, One Big Hapa Family. Purchase full length DVD's and rent film online at

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Animation sequence by Todd Ramsay.
Directed by Jeff Chiba Stearns.

In this sequence animator Todd Ramsay animates a story told by my Uncle Suey about the hostile climate for Japanese-Canadians living in the Canadian city of Kelowna, British Columbia during WWII.

SYNOPSIS: a realization at a family reunion, half Japanese-Canadian filmmaker, Jeff Chiba Stearns, embarks on a journey of self-discovery to find out why everyone in his Japanese-Canadian family married interracially after his grandparents’ generation.

This feature live action and animated documentary explores why almost 100% of all Japanese-Canadians are marrying interracially, the highest out of any other ethnic group in Canada, and how their mixed children perceive their unique multiracial identities.

The stories from four generations of a Japanese-Canadian family come to life through the use of innovative animation techniques created by some of Canada’s brightest independent animators, including, Louise Johnson, Ben Meinhardt, Todd Ramsay, Kunal Sen, Jeff Chiba Stearns, and Jonathan Ng. One Big Hapa Family challenges our perceptions of purity and makes us question if mixing is the end of multiculturalism as we know it.


Language: English

Length: 1:35

Country: Canada