Asian American Arts Alliance

The Hapa Project with Kip Fulbeck

Event Details

The Hapa Project with Kip Fulbeck

Time: December 8, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Location: MOCA
Street: 215 Centre St
City/Town: New York
Event Discipline: performance, visual
Organized By: Museum of Chinese in America, Co-presented by the Brooklyn Historical Society
Latest Activity: Nov 30, 2011

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Event Description

Join in a discussion about what it means to be hapa. Once aderogatory 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 Island descent.Kip Fulbeck photographed more than 1,200 people from all walks of life who identify as hapa - from babies to adults, construction workers to rock stars, engineers to comic book artists. The project is featured as part of MOCA’s core exhibition, With A Single Step: Stories in the Making of America. Join Kip Fulbeck in conversation with Ken Tanabe, founder of Loving Day.


About Kip Fulbeck

Kip Fulbeck is an award-winning artist, spoken word performer, and filmmaker. He has been featured on CNN, MTV, The TODAY Show, and PBS, and has performed and exhibited in over twenty countries and throughout the U.S. 
He is the author of several books including Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial KidsPart Asian, 100% Hapa; and Permanence: Tattoo Portraits, as well as the director of a dozen short films includingBanana Split and Lilo & Me.
Fulbeck teaches as a professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award and has been named an Outstanding Faculty Member five times. In recognition for his work promoting multiracial awareness, he was awarded the inaugural Loving Prize at the 2009 Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival and also named a Cultural Pioneer at Harvard University.
A complete overachiever despite being only half-Chinese, Fulbeck is also an avid surfer, guitar player, ocean lifeguard, and pug enthusiast. He is also a world-ranked Masters swimmer and the 2011 Masters National Champion in the 50 freestyle.


Admission: Free and open to the public, courtesy of TARGET. RSVP required to


This program is part of MOCA’s Trending Asian America series, an ongoing series that brings together leading voices in contemporary Asian American culture to explore topics that impact Americans today and tomorrow.


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