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Morikami Museum Traces Trials and Taboos of Japanese Tattoos

Phillip Valys, South Florida Sun Sentinel February 24, 2016 Kip Fulbeck has been hassled in hotels, criticized in gyms and mocked in bathhouses for showing too much of his body, a tattooed canvas for fire-breathing dragons, Buddhist goddesses of mercy and other bold Japanese motifs. Fulbeck caught the bulk of this ridicule while living in…

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Multiracial Identity: Study Looks at Role of Money, Gender and Religion

Emanuella Grinberg, CNN January 28, 2016 For Kip Fulbeck, the son of an American father and Cantonese mother, identity is all about context. Growing up in Southern California, among his Taiwanese and Chinese relatives he was the white kid who didn’t speak their language, appreciate their food or understand their customs. At public school in…

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Choose Your Own Identity

Bonnie Tsui, The New York Times December 14, 2015 I never realized how little I understood race until I tried to explain it to my 5-year-old son. Our family story doesn’t seem too complicated: I’m Chinese-American and my husband is white, an American of English-Dutch-Irish descent; we have two children. My 5-year-old knows my parents…

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'Half Asian'? 'Half White'? No — 'Hapa'

Alex Laughlin, NPR Code Switch December 15, 2014 She was tall and freckled, with long, dark hair — and we stood out in the same way. As I leaned in to say hi, she yelled over the din, “You’re hapa, aren’t you?” It was the last word I expected to hear in D.C., but I welcomed…

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Hapa-palooza 2014 Celebrates Three Giants of Mixed-Heritage

Jordan Yerman, Vancouver Observer September 28, 2014 “What am I? I’m what’s on your spoon when you pull it out of the melting pot!!” So writes a subject in California-based artist Kip Fulbeck’s photo series “part asian, 100% hapa”  “The Hapa Project” just opened at the Nikkei National Museum, which also hosted Hapa-palooza’s inaugural Hip Hapa Hooray awards.…

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Expanding Identity: Reflections on the 2012 Getty Intern Arts Summit

Ashley Blackley, blogs.getty.edu July 2, 2012 This summer, I am working at the Getty Foundation as part of the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program. The program provides paid internships to diverse students at arts organizations all across L.A., including the Getty. The highlight of my first week was assisting with our Arts Summit, a full day…

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Kip Fulbeck discusses race, identity

Chloe Stepney, Daily Trojan January 31, 2012 Identity is more than race, and race has no biological basis, said Kip Fulbeck, who spoke at The Arts of Resistance, an Uncommon Conversation at USC Dornsife event in Doheny Memorial Library on Tuesday. “I was born in a time when in some states, my parent’s marriage was…

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Doubles, Triples and Halves – Kip Fulbeck's Hapa Project

Ayelet Zohar, Trans Asia Photography Review (link) October, 2011 Kip Fulbeck’s Hapa Project was recently exhibited at the Race: Are We So Different? exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, Aug. 2011 The expanded context of the display considered the history and context of race issues in the USA, and the main objective…

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