Japanese American National Museum
Upcoming Exhibitions – 15 years of the hapa project

April 7 - October 28, 2018

Artist Kip Fulbeck continues his project, begun in 2001, of photographing persons who identify as “hapa”—of mixed Asian/Pacific Islander descent—as a means of promoting awareness and positive acceptance of multiracial identity. As a follow-up to kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa, his groundbreaking 2006 exhibition, pairs the photographs and statements from that exhibition with contemporary portraits of the same individuals and newly written statements, showing not only their physical changes in the ensuing years, but also changes in their perspectives and outlooks on the world.

In addition, includes portraits of hundreds of new participants and an interactive section where viewers can join the community by having their portrait taken and writing their own personal statement.

A 200-page color catalog will be published in conjunction with the exhibition, featuring essays by Hapa luminaries Velina Hasu Houston, Cindy Nakashima, Keao NeSmith, and Paul Spickard.

Kip Fulbeck is a professor of art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He has authored five books including part asian, 100% hapa and Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids, and has exhibited his artwork in over 20 countries. Fulbeck has been featured on CNN, MTV, Voice of America, The New York Times, The TODAY Show, and various NPR shows.

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 6, 2018
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Upper Level Members and VIP Reception:


Members at the Director’s Circle and above and VIPs are invited to preview before it opens to the public. Program with light reception to follow. Invitations were mailed in March.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Opening Day: – 15 Years of the hapa project


In this new interactive exhibition, photographer Kip Fulbeck continues his exploration of mixed-race identity. Please check back for details on opening day programs.

Saturday, May 12, 2018
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Identity, My-dentity



Join us for a celebration of APIA Heritage Month and JANM’s upcoming exhibition, 15 years of the hapa project. Crafts, performances, storytelling, and other activities will explore themes of identity and personal heritage. Please check back for updates.

Presented in partnership with Kizuna.



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