Wafrica is ” the conversation between two ancient, strong and sophisticated identities: japan and Africa. The Conversation is about the beauty of weaving strands of our stories together”
Japan meets Africa.
Ten years ago Kimihiro Tsumura, a professor at Hamamatsu Gakuin University, couldn’t help but notice all the young Brazilians in his city and that many weren’t in school.
Tsumura found that young Brazilians didn’t interact much with Japanese people, though most could speak the language. And while almost all went through the public school system, only 30 percent continued on to high school. In fact, a good portion didn’t even finish junior high school, which means they didn’t fulfill their compulsory education requirement. The fact that so many dropped out indicated to him, as he told Tokyo Shimbun, “that the government didn’t care about them.” He became even more interested and studied their lives. Starting in 2007, filmmaker Mayu Nakamura recorded these interactions. She has edited her footage into a documentary called “Lonesome Swallows,” which was released last month.
that statement of “young brazilians in his city” throws me off because it sounds like that they just appeared out of nowhere and are having a hard time living there in Japan, but I guess I need to watch the movie in order to understand better…
Katanga’s “forgotten people”
In the 1970s, several Japanese men (possibly more than a thousand) lived in the region of Katanga in DRC working at the mines.
These men were…well, just men. So, far away from home, a lot of those single men found themselves beautiful partners among the congolese women and mixed couples were formed. Obviously, women got pregnant and biracial babies were soon born.
However, even though they gave birth to healthy babies, most of the women saw their semi-japanese offspring ending up mysteriously dead. The women, and others, believe that Japanese doctors, with the consent of the miners, were responsible for killing these babies because the constitution of their country was against any blood mix. Not only they did not want to return to Japan with them but they did not want to leave any trail either.
Some of those Blasian children survived only cause given birth in the “bush” hidden from any japanese doctors by grandparents fearing for their lives.
These surviving children, now grown up have formed a organisation and are seeking closure. Apparently there are 50 children who survived but there are no details on the number of children that died.
The sadness that seems like a second mask on Nhanha Kamisawa’s face is heartbreaking and what a life…
Hopefully there will be regulations for these Chinese men who, I am sure, are already having children in Congo too. This tragedy should never be repeated.