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  Kip Fulbeck, NCORE 2003 (San Francisco) keynote speaker API Caucus   

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Kip Fulbeck

Kip Fulbeck returned as the NCORE 2003 (San Francisco) keynote speaker. Kip's dynamic speaking style and his uncanny ability to recognize and to tell compelling stories about changes in race and ethnic relations were very well received. The title of his timely speech was "What are you? Multiracials Claiming Their Voice Through the Arts."

Background Information

Kip Fulbeck is a professor of Art and Asian American Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Kip Fulbeck is the world's premiere artist exploring multiracial Asian (or Hapa) identity. An inveterate storyteller, his inspiring personal stories mix pop culture and political activism, questioning the boundaries of cultural identity from the perspective of someone who has never fit neatly into any easy category. He has spent his life battling against multiracial ignorance and stereotypes, and was even denied a place on the Taiwanese Olympic Team after refusing to change his last name.

Fulbeck has spoken and exhibited his videos, photography, painting, and performed his stand-up comedy in over 20 countries and throughout the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Singapore International Film Festival, the World Wide Video Festival, PBS, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. His video work has earned numerous awards, including the USA Film Festival's Special Juror's Award for Some Questions for 28 Kisses; First Glance Film Festival's Best Experimental Film for Sex, Love, & Kung Fu; the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival's Best Narrative Short for Asian Studs Nightmare; and the Red River International Film Festival's First Place Video for Banana Split.

In 2002, he was selected by Hapa Issues Forum as the inaugural Prism Award for the Arts recipient. His first novel, Paper Bullets: A Fictional Autobiography, was published in 2001 by the University of Washington Press, and he is currently completing a photographic book on multiracial Asians tentatively titled HAPA: Multiracial Asians in Their Own Words.

He has an interesting website.