Apart from it being the first Saturday of the month (as it appears to become the norm with these particular posts), I am also out today, working a gig. So naturally, it’s time for another Recommended Analyzing post. This actually makes for convenient timing to share with you all, today of all days, an essay that I had published a few weeks ago for Multiracial Media.
Today is the opening for the hapa.me exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. It is a follow-up to artist Kip Fulbeck’s Hapa Project from 2001, where new photos and stories are shared of those who identify as Hapa. I am one of many participants of this new iteration of the project, and in the essay, I share my experience of meeting with and being photographed by Kip, as well as why being a participant in this project means so much to me.
Being mixed race is a vital part of my identity; one that I’ve had to come to terms with on my own, beginning in my teenage years. It’s a part of myself that I integrate into my writing, both fiction and non-fiction, and it’s a subject that I’ve become well-versed in, all the while still learning about. My essay goes into that more, and how I’ve come a long way to participating in a thoughtful project such as this.
So give the essay a read, and feel free to let me know what your thoughts are. If you’re in Los Angeles, the event celebrating the opening of the hapa.me exhibit begins today at 12:00pm. Otherwise, the exhibit will remain on display at the museum until October 28th.
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