Monday, May 9, 2011

Book Review: part asian. 100% hapa.

part asian. 100% hapa.
By: Kip Fulbeck
Kip Fulbeck defines the term hapa as follows:
ha•pa (hä’pä) adj. 1. Slang. of mixed ethnic 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)]
While this term was once derogatory, Fulbeck claims that is has been claimed by mixed heritage peopled of Asian of Pacific Island descent. He started The Hapa Project to draw visibility to Hapa identity and to allows Hapas to answer the oft-asked question, “What are you?” in their own words. A photographer, Fulbeck assembled the answers to this question along with beautiful portraits, a series which has been printed into a book, part asian. 100% hapa, and which also travels as a photo series. At once funny, heartwarming, and fresh, part asian. 100% hapa is a book worth checking out.