kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa is an exhibition of portraits by artist Kip Fulbeck, who traveled the country photographing Hapa of all ages and walks of life. Once 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 the changing 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 the University of California, Santa Barbara. kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa is organized by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California, and is supported, in part, by the James Irvine Foundation.
Hosted by the Office of International Affairs as part of the Global Education Distinguished Speakers Series with support from the Carolina Annual Fund, Alumni Committee for Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.
Video: Our Story: What are you?
Video: Kip Fulbeck Performance and More!
Video: Lilo & Me (2003) Short film by Kip Fulbeck
Photos: Exhibition, Performance and Reception
Event Poster: Design by Tripp Tuttle
part asian, 100% hapa Book
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News Article: UNC Global News (July 2009)
News Article: UNC News Services (June 2009)
Kip Fulbeck Website
Japanese American National Museum Website