Part Asian, 100% Hapa is a photo album of the twenty-first-century global village. Hapa is Hawaiian slang for someone whose mixed racial heritage includes Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry. Hapa artist and writer Fulbeck decided to "increase mainstream Hapa awareness" by photographing Hapas of diverse backgrounds and ages and asking each participant how he or she copes with the daily query, "What are you?" Sean Lennon kicks things off with a smart and irreverent foreword, and Fulbeck's simply composed portraits are profoundly evocative. Each person's ethnic background reads like a poem hinting at dramatic journeys and improbable love: Japanese, French, Chinese, Irish, Swedish, Sioux, Thai, Mexican, Irish, and Native American (Yaqui). And their pithy handwritten personal statements are wry and wicked, sweet and tangy.
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Kip Fulbeck is a photographer, filmmaker, writer, and spoken-word artist whose work has been exhibited worldwide. He is Professor and Chair of Art at UC Santa Barbara. You can see more of his work at www.redsushi.com.
Paul Spickard is professor of history and Asian American studies at UC Santa Barbara, and the author and editor of numerous books on race in America.
Sean Lennon, son of Yoko Ono and John Lennon, is a musician who lives in New York City.
This is a wonderful book that all hapas and non-hapas will find relatable. Would definitely recommend.Published 3 months ago by Allison Raymundo
This was a very important book for my daughters. They had no problem in Hawai'i but after moving to the mainland my youngest daughter especially felt isolated at her school because... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bob Mukulea
This is another awesome book by the master Hapa, which I believe stands for Heuristically Advancing Polymathically Adroit.Published 5 months ago by Tinjinova
What a tour de force by Kip Fulbeck. I've always thoroughly enjoyed Kip's insights and unique perspective. SIX STARS!Published 5 months ago by Mindy Chen
This book is misrepresenting Hawaiian language and culture.Published 6 months ago by Lahela Hekekia
Thank you Kip Fulbeck! I love this book! There is so much I want to say but words seem shallow and inappropriate.Published 15 months ago by Tracey
...but this is more than more pictures of ethnicly diverse people. Each person writes about what it feels like to be hapa, which is illuminating to readers who are not. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Mayo
Great pictorial survey of people with "blended" heritages. Being the mother of two hapa kids, I found this especially interesting.Published 17 months ago by K. Sumida