ha • pa (ha’pa)

  1. adj. Slang. of mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry.
  2. n. Slang. a person of such ancestry. [der./Hawaiian: hapa haole. (half white)]

TRAVELING EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

New York University
New York, NY
March 10–May 30, 2008

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
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

Asia Society Texas Center
Houston, TX
November 9, 2012–April 14, 2013

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
Burnaby, BC, Canada
September 13–December 31, 2014

 

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Organized by the Japanese American National Museum, kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa is an exhibition of portraits by award-winning filmmaker and artist Kip Fulbeck. 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. This exhibition was first displayed at the National Museum from June 8 through October 29, 2006.

In 2003, Fulbeck began traveling the country photographing more than 1,000 multiracial individuals of all ages and walks of life. Fulbeck’s work seeks to address in words and images the one question that Hapa are frequently asked: “What are you?” The photographs are all taken the same way—from the collarbone up, without clothing, jewelry, glasses, makeup, or even a smile—a deliberate play upon and critique of the official photographs everyone has taken for driver’s licenses, passports and other forms of identification.

The unique aspect of these images is that they are paired with each participant’s response in his/her own handwriting to the question “What are you?” The subjects vary in age, gender and background and the statements reflect the many and varied experiences of the subjects.

By pairing portraits of Hapa 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: part asian, 100% hapa
March 10–May 30, 2008

Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University
41-51 East 11th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

apa.nyu.edu

An excerpt of 12 portraits from the exhibition are on view until February 29th at NYU Kimmel Windows at LaGuardia Place and West 3rd Street.


kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa
July 1–October 31, 2009

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
FedEx Global Education Center

Visit the University of North Carolina's website for info about this presentation >>


kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa
April 2–September 6, 2010

The Field Museum
Chicago, IL
fieldmuseum.org


kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa
June 10–December 31, 2011

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Portland, OR
oregonnikkei.org


kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa
November 9, 2012–April 14, 2013

Asia Society Texas Center
1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004
713.496.9901
asiasociety.org/texas


kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa
September 13–December 31, 2014

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
6688 Southoaks Crescent
Burnaby BC V5E 4M7
604.777.7000
centre.nikkeiplace.org