“Good Luck Soup” Showcases Japanese American and Japanese Canadian Experience


Last year, I blogged about “Good Luck Soup“, a film and transmedia project seeking crowd-sourced funding. I’m delighted to hear today from project founder Matthew Hashiguchi that after raising over $15,000 from the community, “Good Luck Soup” is now live at GoodLuckSoup.com.

The project’s name comes from “a traditional Japanese soup containing a variety of mochi, vegetables, and seafood that is served with friends and family every Oshogatsu, or New Years Day, to ensure a year of prosperity and good fortune”. “Good Luck Soup” seeks to create a digital version of good luck soup by collecting and documenting the Japanese American and Japanese Canadian experience before, during, and after World War II for future preservation and inspiration.

Writes the site:

Individual stories from different people, places and times unfold in a series of seven chapters that when viewed together reflect the universal themes of immigration, integration and identity.

This format allows us to showcase the diverse experience of those with Japanese ancestry and to educate a broad audience on their unique history and identity within American and Canadian culture.

The project uniquely invites readers to share their own personal and familial experiences by uploading their own stories, photographs and other media to “allow the continues flow of stories and submissions [to enable] our story to change along with the evolving identity of those with Japanese heritage in the United States and Canada.”

You can be part of this project by submitting your story or experience here.

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