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Leilani Nishime

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038075

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038075.001.0001

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Seeing Multiracial

Seeing Multiracial

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(p.133) Chapter 7 Seeing Multiracial
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Undercover Asian
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Leilani Nishime

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038075.003.0007

This chapter uses the artwork of Kip Fulbeck as a lever to pry open some of the thornier matters surrounding the twinned issues of recognition and state-sponsored discipline. Fulbeck's most famous work, The Hapa Project, is included in the traveling anthropological exhibit “Race: Are We So Different?” The chapter puts Fulbeck's artwork in dialogue with the history of race-based scientific photography and argues that the exhibit's representation of multiracial Asian Americans can provide a counternarrative to the re-racialization of genetic science. Thus, Fulbeck's work demonstrates how audiences might view multiracial visual culture less as an antidote to racial hierarchies and more as a tool that can break open the smooth surface of naturalized and transcendent notions of racial difference.

Keywords:   Kip Fulbeck, Asian Americans, multiracial representations, multracial visibility, race, multiracial visual culture, racial difference, racialization, genetic science

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