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Negotiating a Bi-cultural Identity: An Interview with Andy Fuchigami

Item

Title

Negotiating a Bi-cultural Identity: An Interview with Andy Fuchigami

Rights

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Type

Moving Image

Creator

Runjia Huang

Date

2000s & 2010s

Description

The video features an interview with Andy Fuchigami, a Canadian-born member of the Japanese community in London. He grew up in a North American cultural environment, which resulted in him negotiating between two very different cultural identities. The video focuses on his feelings and experiences as a minority at school, leading to his struggle in accepting his Japanese identity. He explains how he avoided making Japanese friends, speaking in Japanese, and even trying to hide his Japanese name. However, Andy’s views have now totally shifted, and he has completely embraced his Japanese cultural identity, owing to some life experiences he has had. He went from having only Caucasian friends to making more Japanese friends, and he now actively participates in Japanese cultural activities in London.

Format

Video

Language

English

Publisher

Bridging Classroom and Community: Languages and Cultures in Action, Western University, Fall 2019

Contributor

Andy Fuchigami, a member of the London Japanese Community

Extent

9:31

Identifier

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzrAqHqRcu4

Relation

"IsPartOf" the Japanese collection

Subject

A Japanese-Canadian person’s shift in attitude towards cultural identity

Temporal Coverage

 Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario in 1995
 Canada-born-Japanese, second generation immigration
 Both parents are from Japan who only had a little knowledge about Canada