Born in 1987, Filipino Amerasian JR was left with his mother at age 5 after the U.S. serviceman who was his father abandoned him. Growing up, he often faced discrimination due to his biracial ethnicity. Now, he has an opportunity to contact his American father. Find out if he does in the Independent Lens documentary, Left By the Ship.
JR, Charlene, Margarita, and Robert are half American; they are among the many children born to U.S. servicemen who were stationed in military bases in the Philippines until 1992. Like most Filipino Amerasians, they were left behind by their biological fathers and largely forgotten. Over the course of two years, they delve into the psychological and social consequences of the U.S. military presence and its legacy.