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The Etymology of Hapa


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In conjunction with JANM's "hapa.me - 15 years of the hapa project" exhibition, scholar Richard Keao NeSmith will discuss the origins and evolution of the word hapa, the Hawaiian interpretation of the English word “half.” His talk will address varying perspectives on who is hapa, who can or should rightfully use the term, and what linguists call the etymological process of conversion.

NeSmith has written an essay included in the "hapa.me" catalog (https://janmstore.com/collections/kipfulbeck/products/hapa-me-catalog); he will sign copies following the program.

This program is included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the ticket link.

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"hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project"
April 7 - October 28, 2018

Artist Kip Fulbeck continues his project, begun in 2001, of photographing persons who identify as “Hapa”—of mixed Asian/Pacific Islander descent—as a means of promoting awareness and positive acceptance of multiracial identity.

As a follow-up to "kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa," his groundbreaking 2006 exhibition, "hapa.me" pairs the photographs and statements from that exhibition with contemporary portraits of the same individuals and newly written statements, showing not only their physical changes in the ensuing years, but also changes in their perspectives and outlooks on the world.

In addition, "hapa.me" includes portraits of hundreds of new participants and an interactive section where, on select days, viewers can join the community by having their portrait taken and writing their own personal statement.

For more information about the exhibition and related programs, visit janm.org/hapa-me. To learn more about The Hapa Project, visit hapa.me.