kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa

Japanese American National Museum
June 8, 2006 - October 29, 2006

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University
March 10 - May 30, 2008

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
FedEx Global Education Center
July 1 - October 31, 2009

The Field Museum
Chicago, IL
April 2–September 6, 2010

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Portland, OR
June 10–December 31, 2011

kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa is an exhibition of portraits by artist Kip Fulbeck, who traveled the country photographing more than 1,000 Hapa of all ages and walks of life. Originally a derogatory label derived from the Hawaiian word for half, the word Hapa has been embraced as a term of pride by many whose mixed-race heritage includes Asian or Pacific Rim ancestry.

Fulbeck’s work seeks to address in words and images the one question that Hapa are frequently asked: “What are you?” By pairing portraits of Hapa—unadorned by make-up, jewelry, and clothing—along with their handwritten statements on who they are, Fulbeck has produced powerful yet intimate expressions of beauty and identity. kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa is an artist’s attempt to explore Hapa—who now number in the millions—and it offers a complex perspective on an increasing reality of contemporary America.

Kip Fulbeck is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, writer, and spoken-word artist whose work has been exhibited worldwide. He is professor and chair of Art at University of California, Santa Barbara. The companion book, part asian, 100% hapa features a foreword by Sean Lennon, an afterword by Paul Spickard, and is published by Chronicle Books.

The Los Angeles presentation of this exhibition was made possible, in part, by the support of Mariko O. Gordon & Hugh Cosman, The James Irvine Foundation, and Wells Fargo.

Visit the exhibition website for more information about the exhibition and online resources like podcasts, interview clips, and a discussion forum!

Read our Hapa artist interviews:

  • performance artist Dan Kwong - “From Centerfield to Outer Space: Dan Kwong and the Secrets of a Multi-Cultural Performance Artist”

  • musician Kiyoshi Graves - “Songs and Searching: The Music of Kiyoshi Graves”

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