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Who’s Going to Pay for These Donuts, Anyway?
A film by Janice Tanaka
1992, 58 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W99307
A brilliant collage of interviews, family photographs, archival footage and personal narration, this film documents Japanese American video artist Janice Tanaka’s search for her father after a 40 year separation. The two reunited when Tanaka found her father living in a halfway house for the mentally ill. Telling the moving story of her search as well as what she discovered about history, cultural identity, memory and family, WHO'S GOING TO PAY FOR THESE DONUTS, ANYWAY? is a rare look at connections between racism and mental illness.


  • Whitney Biennial

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    “Forces us to examine our notions of family and our illusions of tolerance for other cultures and for the mentally ill.”
    Christine McDonald
    Multicultural Review

    “A powerful exploration of the psychic consequences of the camp experience.”
    Richard Oyama
    Hokubei Mainichi

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