A legendary artist’s lifetime of loneliness

THE EAST-WEST HOUSE: Noguchi’s Childhood in Japan By Christy Hale (New York: Lee and Low Books, 2009, 32 pp., $17.95, hardcover) Always having been curious about the life of biracial artist Isamu Noguchi, I was pleased to receive this book to review. Palo Alto, Calif. author and illustrator Christy Hale has created a lovely picture […]

LETTERS: The ‘joy, challenges and essence of being a hapa’

Note: The following letter was sent in response to the “In Mixed Company: Multiracial academics, advocates and artists gather for Hapa Japan Conference” article that was published in the May 26 – June 1, 2011 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Thank you, Alec, for your excellent article on the Hapa Japan Conference held at […]

In Mixed Company: Multiracial academics, advocates and artists gather for Hapa Japan Conference

As a graduate student in UCLA’s psychology department during the late 1970s, Christine Iijima Hall absorbed scathing criticism about her dissertation. Fellow academics dismissed her project as “a ridiculous piece of research,” she said, and newspapers declined to publicize her need for study participants based on the belief that she was covering a “stupid topic.” […]

Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley presents Hapa Japan Conference April 8-9

BERKELEY — The Center for Japanese Studies, along with the Hapa Japan Database Project and All Nippon Airways, will host the Hapa Japan Conference Friday and Saturday,  April 8-9, featuring specialists in the study of mixed-race Japanese history, identity and representation. Topics range from the history of mixed-race Japanese in the 1500s, part-Japanese communities in […]

Haley Kiyoko, star of Disney’s new high school musical (not High School Musical)

More hapas on (kids) TV! So apparently Disney is putting together a high school musical TV movie (not a High School Musical© TV movie, mind you) called “Lemonade Mouth.” The star is Nikkei, and Disgrasian has the rundown. Here’s an excerpt: Hayley Kiyoko (pictured, center), who plays one of the lead misfits. Because the 19 […]

Michael Jackson and the invisible line

It’s been about a year and a half since Michael Jackson’s death and a little longer since I wrote a column about it for the Nichi Bei Times. (I’m putting it at the end of this post for anyone interested). In a matter of hours, MJ went from being one of the media’s favorite punching […]

Multiracial: At home in the world

Growing up multiethnic (a mixture of Japanese, Filipino and Spanish blood) on three continents (Asia, Europe and the U.S.) means that I feel at home in many environments; or rather, that different parts of me feel at home in different environments. It means that I am not 100 percent the child of any one country […]

Take Two Multiracial artist and new father turns camera on kids in “Hapa” book follow up

In 2009, Justice Keith Bardwell of Louisiana refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple. When a local newspaper asked the justice why he refused to marry the couple, he replied, “My main concern is for the children.” When asked the same question, “What would happen to the children,” Kip Fulbeck — filmmaker, […]

Multiracial: Not so black and white

On March 29, U.S. President Barack Obama sat down and filled out the U.S. federal census form for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. He included his wife Michelle, daughters Sasha and Malia, and his mother-in-law Marian Robinson as members of his household. When he came to Question 9, which asks the person’s race, he filled in the […]

Multiracial & Multiethnic Special Issue: Introduction

In 2007, Hapa Issues Forum formally closed down. Founded in 1992 to provide a voice for multiracial Nikkei, the organization eventually expanded to serve a wider Asian American constituency, but languished into inactivity during its final years. In 2008, the Nichi Bei Times published its first special edition dedicated to multiracial and multiethnic topics. Although […]

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