Front Cover


Various Artists


"My photographic series Dear Japanese is a work-in-progress that documents the offspring of Japanese fathers and Dutch-Indonesian mothers, individuals who were born during World War II and who now live in the Netherlands.

It is a work of subjective documentary assembled from a personal perspective, a visual record of compatriots in a foreign land. People who live abroad often develop fresh perspectives on their homelands, their new situations prompting them to face aspects of their personal identities. As an immigrant from a former enemy country, Japan, I can now share their pride in being Japanese, coupled with feelings of alienation and guilt."
Miyuki Okuyama

Publisher Note

In 1942, Japan attacked and occupied Indonesia, which was at the time a colony of the Netherlands known as the Dutch East Indies. Their fathers and brothers imprisoned in Japanese camps, Dutch-Indonesian women were left to fend for themselves, and many young women had relationships with Japanese men for love, economic need, or against their will. Following Japans capitulation, Indonesia waged a war of independence against its former Dutch occupiers, yet thereafter many children of mixed Japanese and Dutch-Indonesian decent still found themselves stigmatised, growing up in an atmosphere of hostility and taboo. This book portrays these people today.

Exhibition Catalogue

Dear Japanese: Children of War

Miyuki Okuyama

edited by David Campany

Release Place Livorno, Italy
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2017
Editor: David Campany
Writer: Jorg Collberg
Artist: Miyuki Okuyama
ISBN-13: 978-88-99901-01-1
Subform Photobook
Topics Indonesia, Japan
Methods Photography
Language English
Format Paperback
Dimensions 14.0 × 20.0 cm
Weight 200 gram
Pages 156