kip fulbeck
part asian = 100% hapa
march 10 - may 30, 2008
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, who traveled the country photographing hapa of all ages and walks of life. Originally used as a derogatory label derived from the Hawaiian word for "half," hapa has since been embraced as a term of pride by many whose mixed racial heritage includes Asian or Pacific Islander descent.

Fulbeck's work seeks to address in words and images the one question that hapa are frequently asked: "What are you?" By pairing the portraits of hapa - unadorned by make-up, jewelry, and clothing - along with their handwritten statements on who they are, this exhibition offers a powerful yet intimate perspective on the complex nature of contemporary American identity.

About the Exhibit
The traveling version of this exhibition is sponsored by the James Irvine Foundation and the National Museum's Discover Nikkei Web site, an award-winning, multilingual site that shares personal and community histories from Nikkei around the world. Visit to explore unique and diverse Nikkei-related resources - articles, photographs, interviews, and more - and share your own stories and materials with a global audience. Discover Nikkei is coordinated by the Japanese American National Museum and funded by The Nippon Foundation. NYU A/P/A Institute is an Affiliate of the project. For more information on the Japanese American National Museum or hosting the kip fulbeck traveling exhibition, contact Chris Komai at or 213.830.5648.
Special Notes
A/P/A Institute, in collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum and Discover Nikkei, is pleased to be the first to host the traveling exhibition of kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa. At some point, most Americans, especially those not of northern and western European ancestry, have been asked that infamous question, "What are you?" Recurring themes of foreignness and otherness accompany and are woven into the everyday lives of Asian/Pacific Americans as well as the hapa community, and merit attention here in "multicultural" New York City.

As evidenced within the Yoshio Kishi / Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection recently acquired by A/P/A Institute (made possible in large part by a donation made in memory of Dr. Wei Yu Chen) for archive and access at the Fales Library / Special Collections at NYU Bobst Library, mixed race issues are nothing new ("yellow peril" and anti-miscegenation laws; Jeff Bogar's Confessions of a Chinatown Moll, 1953). TIME Magazine's November 18, 1993 cover story "The New Face of America" features a computergenerated face supposedly consisting of a mix of several races and presented as the result of immigration. Given the current climate of immigration reform and the upcoming presidential race calling into question whether or not our country's leader should be black or white, man or woman, this exhibition is timely in its address of race, gender, identity, and America.