The impact of culture
is underestimated by most persons. In the last 25
years, there has been a migration of Americans to Japan and Japanese to
America. Some people have made this choice on a personal basis, seeking
to broaden themselves in a foreign country and in a foreign culture.
For many others the choice has been one of career and economics, persons
sent to the foreign land by their company or institution for a short or
long term stay. At the end of their stay be it personal or professional,
they return "home", or in this case, their home country and make an
attempt to return to their life as they knew it prior to departure. The
reality for many is that life is never again the same. Regardless of how
long or short the exposure in the foreign country and culture, they are
forever changed and soon realize that their life will now be a blending
of both cultures, the culture of their birth and the acquired culture of
the foreign land.
AFTER AMERICA ...AFTER JAPAN a documentary film, will examine the
lives of a selected group of persons in both countries who continue to
face the challenges to determine their new cultural identity.