Hapa: Mixed-Race Identity and Representation

About the Panelists

Velina Hasu Houston (moderator) is the associate dean of Faculty Development and Recognition, director of the MFA program in dramatic writing, resident playwright, and a professor at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. A mixed-race Japanese American, she is the only American playwright to amass a body of work that explores the U.S.-Japan relationship through stories that include a bilateral, global view of identity and belonging.



Kip Fulbeck is the author of Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids; Part Asian, 100% Hapa; and Permanence: Tattoo Portraits, as well as the director of a dozen short films and creator of the multimedia Hapa Project. Fulbeck is a professor of art at UC Santa Barbara and has been named a local hero by KCET.



Duncan Ryūken Williams is an associate professor of religion and East Asian languages and cultures and director of the Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture at USC. He is the author of The Other Side of Zen: A Social History of Soto Zen Buddhism in Tokugawa Japan and Camp Dharma: Buddhism and the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and the editor of the two-volume essay collection Hapa Japan, which surveys the history of mixed-race identities of people of Japanese descent around the world. He is also the founder of the Hapa Japan Database Project (www.hapajapan.com).