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 exhibition is made possible, in part, by the support of Mariko O. Gordon & Hugh Cosman, The James Irvine Foundation, and Wells Fargo.
In the Dr. & Mrs. Edison Miyawaki Gallery and Taul & Sachiko Watanabe Gallery at the Japanese American National Museum.