Kip Fullbeck is one cool dude. My boys and I met him a little over a year ago in Manhattan Beach for a photo shoot/audition for a book called “Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids.” My kids are hapa (half-Filipino and half-Caucasian) and we got the word about the pictorials from our good friends at Melting Pot Moms – one of my fave local moms’ groups that focuses on nurturing diversity.
So there we were one breezy March morning at a house in Manhattan Beach, along with all these cutest mix-race kids , many of whom were my fellow Melting Pot members. The boys were asked to draw and write and then they had their 15 minutes of fame before the camera. We weren’t sure they’d make it to the book but all in all, it was a good experience.
Kip is a filmmaker, photographer, spoken word performer and professor of art at University of California Santa Barbara. The book pairs photographs of multiracial kids with their own handwritten notes and drawings. The answers are so charming and natural. Kip who is of English, Irish, Welsh and Chinese descent is also the parent of a multiracial child. Needless to say, the questions of identity are near and dear to him. You can view some of his work at www.seaweedproductions.com
On June 12th, we’re heading down to LA for a day of activities in line with the Japanese American Museum‘s Mixed Roots and Literary Film Festival. There will be a book signing for MIXED and we’ll also see the accompanying photographic exhibit (which runs til September) One of the things I’m pretty excited about is the appearance of President Obama’s sister, Dr. Maya Soetero-Ng, who wrote the foreword to Mixed.
In our home, we celebrate being mixed, we nurture both our cultures (American and Asian/Philippine) and we respect others’ as well.
Thanks Target! FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION to the Japanese American Museum on Saturday, June 12th. Lots of family activities, including storytelling by Kim Wayans & Kevin Knotts (Amy Hodgepodge) and an urban dance performance and workshop for kids by Culture Shock®