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Part Asian, 100% Hapa

Portraits by Kip Fulbeck
Foreword by Sean Lennon
Afterword by Paul Spickard
2006, 262 pages, Paperback.
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"What are you?"

Hapas will recognize this question as one they hear again and again. Originally 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 Island descent. Hapas number in the millions and permeate popular film, television, print, music, and sports-yet mainstream Hapa awareness remains minimal at best.

Award-winning film director, artist, and professor Kip Fulbeck conceived The Hapa Project as a forum for Hapas to answer the question in their own words. Their responses are gathered together in Part Asian, 100% Hapa, along with simple head-on portraits, offering a profound statement of Hapa identity. Steering clear of the exoticism so often associated with multiraciality, Fulbeck strives to photograph his subjects as they really are, minus the trappings of everyday life-the clothing and jewelry and makeup. The individuals pictured here look directly at the camera and at the viewer, presenting themselves to the world; a reality that will no longer be ignored.

A book of intimacy, beauty, and powerful self-expression, Part Asian, 100% Hapa is the book Fulbeck says he always wished he had growing up. An introduction to the rest of the world and an affirmation for Hapas themselves, it offers a new perspective on the ever-growing Hapa population.

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Definition From the Back Cover

ha'pa (ha'pa) adj. 1. Slang, of mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry, n. 2. Slang. a person of such ancestry. [der:/Hawaiian: hapa haole. (half white)]

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Comments from Back Cover

"Not only is this work fresh and original, it gives you a sense of pride no matter what your race."
-Wuv Bernardo, drummer for P. O. D.

"Finally my ethnic mix has resonance beyond a Dick Cavett joke (Q: "What's the problem with eating German-Chinese food?" A: "A half-hour later, you're hungry for power.") Spending some time with the wonderful faces of 100% Hapa was like, for the first time in my life, coming home and finding my tribe. Suddenly I felt normal and all the non-Hapa's of the world seemed "odd!" In a nice way, though. We won't be mean about it... because even though we have our own fabulous book now, smugly gloating is not in our semi-modest, semi-Asian way."
-Sandra Tsing Loh, writer and NPR correspondent

"A very timely book . . . funny, touching, and sexy!"
-Asia Carrera, actress

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Background on Contributors

Kip Fulbeck is the author of the novel Paper Bullets: A Fictional Autobiography. He has exhibited his multimedia artwork throughout the United States and abroad and has directed over a dozen short films, including Banana Split, Some Questions for 28 Kisses, and Lilo & Me. He teaches as professor and chair of art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is an avid guitar player, surfer, and ocean lifeguard. You can see more of his work at

Sean Lennon is a musician; he lives in New York City.

Paul Spickard is the author of a dozen books, including Mixed Blood: Intermarriage and Ethnic Identity in Twentieth-Century America and Race and Nation: Ethnic Systems in the Modern World. He teaches ethnic studies and history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the father of Naomi and Daniel Spickard.

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