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The word “hapa” is the Hawaiian transliteration of the English word “half.” Much of its current usage derives from the phrase hapa haole, meaning “half white.” The phrase was originally coined by native Hawaiians to describe the mixed offspring resulting from encounters between islanders and White settlers. In subsequent years, hapa (or Hapa) has come into popular usage away from the islands, most frequently embraced by Asian/Pacific Islander Americans of mixed descent.

Artist Kip Fulbeck created The Hapa Project in 2001, traveling the country to photograph over 1,200 volunteers who identified as Hapa. The Hapa Project’s goal was to promote awareness and recognition of the millions of Hapas in the United States; to give voice to multiracial people and other previously ignored ethnic groups; to dispel myths around exoticism, hybrid superiority, and racial homogeneity; and to foster positive identity formation in multiracial children. In 2006, Fulbeck published the first book and premiered kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa, the first museum exhibition to explicitly explore Hapa identity

In this long awaited follow-up to his bestselling Part Asian, 100% Hapa, Kip Fulbeck pairs photographs and statements from the original series (many before never published) with contemporary portraits of the same Hapa individuals and newly written statements, showing not only their physical changes over time, but also changes in their perspectives and outlooks on the world. The book includes over 100 new participants.

Created & Designed by Kip Fulbeck, with essays by Cindy Nakashima, Keao NeSmith, Velina Hasu Houston, and Paul Spickard. 212 pp, 10″x10″

This is the companion book for our exhibition hapa.me.

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