Because of You, I am

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Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose Sun, Mar 17 9:40 AM
While often fascinated by the make believe, the world of the real can often be more intriguing and entertaining. This series shows exactly how amazing the real world is.
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Short
Runtime (minutes):30
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Roy Hirabayashi
PJ Hirabayashi
Director:Doug Menuez
Executive Producer:Pear Urushima
Producer(s):Doug Menuez
Marisa Maldonado
Cinematography:Luke Carquillat
Music By:Roy Hirabayashi
PJ Hirabayashi
Editor:Doug Menuez
Max Bowens
Ed Yonaitis


An inspiring and intriguing journey with PJ and Roy Hirabayashi, whose lifelong partnership is dedicated to taiko, the Japanese drum. After founding San Jose Taiko 50 years ago, they became innovators by combining Japanese folk taiko with complex polyrhythms from American and other musical influences to form an original Japanese American musical art form.

Through their story, viewers learn about the tragic history of anti-Asian racism Japanese Americans endured during WWII. As Roy and PJ point out, anti-Asian hate is on the rise again in the US, so they continue to struggle against injustice and strengthen their community. Their story serves as a reminder of the transformative power of the arts and education.