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Part Asian, 100% Hapa by Kip Fulbeck

Part Asian, 100% Hapa (2006)

by Kip Fulbeck (Photographer)

Other authors: Sean Lennon (Foreword), Paul Spickard (Afterword)

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    Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids by Kip Fulbeck (anhsieh)
    anhsieh: Same photographer, new book. This time around, Fulbeck photographs plenty of mixed-race children in their natural setting (at least, personality-wise-- Fulbeck told them, "if you're a spaz, be a spaz"), with comments from both the parents and children.

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The culmination of the Hapa Project, wherein Kip Fulbeck, a rather talented poet/photographer/surfer/guitarist (you name it), photographs various people who define themselves as Hapa. That is, Fulbeck did not say "I will only photograph this particular racial identity", but rather accepted anyone who considered themselves Hapa. Included in the book are a variety of portraits, devoid of any identifying markers except for the subjects' natural appearances, as well as their own handwritten answers to the one question Hapas get the most: "What are you?"

From infants to the elderly, Fulbeck photographs them all (though it can be difficult to find the elderly, considering the once-illegal state of interracial marriages), and does so with staggering talent. Most of all, however, Fulbeck lets his subjects define themselves in every way, without his interference, and considering the nature of this work, that is for the best. ( )
1 vote anhsieh | Feb 26, 2011 |
The decision to photograph people from the neck up with little to no makeup, jewelery, clothing, or accessories, provides both a simple and complex portrait of identity. With the interesting range of responses from his subjects and his beautiful, unadorned photographs, Fulbek's collection ultimately celebrates diversity as it explores a range of perspectives on biracial and Asian identity.
2 vote YAlit | May 7, 2009 |
Each spread includes a picture of a subject and a personal statement written by them (and in their own handwriting) about what it means to be part Asian. A beautiful collection of images and thoughts. ( )
1 vote Katya0133 | Mar 20, 2009 |
Thoughts and comments on identity by people of asian-and-other ethnic background. Thought-provoking. "Hapa" is a Hawaiian word to describe people of mixed race, and it's a better term than most of the alternatives - "mixed" for instance, I hate that. ( )
1 vote muumi | Aug 8, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0811849597, Paperback)

Once a derogatory label derived from the Hawaiian word for half, Hapa is now being embraced as a term of pride by many people of Asian or Pacific Rim mixed-race heritage. Award-winning film producer and artist Kip Fulbeck has created a forum in word and image for Hapas to answer the question they're nearly always asked: "What are you?" Fulbeck's frank, head-on portraits are paired with the sitters' own statements of identity. A work of intimacy, beauty, and powerful self-expression, Part Asian, 100% Hapa is the book Fulbeck says he wishes he had growing up. An introduction to the rest of the world and an affirmation for Hapas themselveswho now number in the millionsit offers a new perspective on a rapidly growing population.

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A collection of head-on portraits and quotes in which men and women whose mixed racial heritage includes Asian or Pacific Island descent discuss what their heritage means to them and how it defines them.

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