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Join a discussion about what it means to be Hapa. Once a derogatory label derived from the Hawaiian word for "half," Hapa has since been embraced as a term of pride by many whose mixed racial heritage includes Asian or Pacific Island descent. Kip Fulbeck photographed more than 1,200 people from all walks of life who identify as Hapa – from babies to adults, construction workers to rock stars, engineers to comic book artists. The project is featured as a part of MOCA's core exhibition, With A Single Step: Stories in the Making of America. Join Kip Fulbeck in conversation with Ken Tanabe, founder of Loving Day, a global movement for a new holiday to celebrate the anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the United States, in this program co-sponsored by Brooklyn Historical Society and MOCA. Loving Day fights racial prejudice through education and builds multicultural community. This event is free and open to the public, thanks in part to Target’s Free Thursday program at MOCA.
This event is part of the Brooklyn Historical Society's Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations, a public programming series and oral history project about mixed-heritage families, race, ethnicity, culture, and identity, infused with historical perspective. This project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Humanities, New York Council for the Humanities, Two Trees Management, Brooklyn Brewery, Sweet ’N Low Division of Cumberland Packing, Con Edison, and FHL Bank San Francisco.