One Big Hapa Family - Paint on Glass Animation

Uploaded on Tuesday 22 January 2013


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

Japanese-Canadian Internment animation by Sean Sherwin and Jeff Chiba Stearns. Paint on Glass train story animation by Louise Johnson.
Directed by Jeff Chiba Stearns.

This clip is a summary of what happened to Japanese-Canadians in Canada during WWII...followed by a childhood story by Roy Inouye that he recalls during this time period.

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: 2:50

Country: Canada