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Japan and the Philippines have shared a long history of cross labor migrations from the Japanese construction workers who built the Kennon Road in 1905, the Filipino Jazz musicians playing in the bars of 1930s Tokyo, the Japanese investors starting up businesses in Manila in the 70s, to the waves of Fiipina entertainers flying into Nihon in 1992. Soon enough, the countries would not just share opportunities and workers, they would also share children. Now, after more than a decade since Japan restricted access of entertainers to the country, a generation of youths is blossoming into maturity, carrying the problems of mixed ethnicities, the burden of illegitimacy, and the shadow of a questionable future. This project aims to collect the life histories of Japanese Filipino Children and Youth to bring the issues of these individuals of mixed roots from the ignominy of disavowal and dismissal and into the consciousness of the public.