Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Kip Fulbeck: speaking his truth to power

Since this blog is called Mixed Race America and it's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, then it's appropriate to recognize a scholar-activist-artist who has spent his career talking about, writing about, teaching about mixed-race issues: Kip Fulbeck.

"My World" -- Kip Fulbeck

It's Kip Fulbeck's world: the rest of us are just passing through.

For more on Kip Fulbeck (mixed-race spoken word artist and kick-ass Asian American professor at my alma mater) click here.

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special_k said...

when i first heard of kip fulbeck, i had a lot of hope that he was going to inspire mixed people.

heck, we even invited him to speak at my university. but, i've been quite disappointed in him.
first, he charged us an exorbitant fee and instead of speaking on themes that unite mixed people, he just seemed interested in talking about his upcoming "hapa" book.

when he came out with that book, i just lost interest.
maybe he has some good things to say. but his focus on only white/asian biracials and his attitude really rubbed me the wrong way... -_-

Jennifer said...

special k,
Thanks for your comment. I'm sorry you had a bad experience with Kip Fulbeck. I've seen him give talks in a variety of college settings in which he really connected with students, both Asian American and non, and esp. mixed-race students of all backgrounds. It sounds like he was in "promotion" mode--I'm not trying to make excuses for him, but I will say that my own experiences with seeing him give talks to college age audiences was very different.

It is funny how some academics can come off as divas...again, that wasn't my own personal experience with Kip, but I have run into folks in universities, professors who are experts in their field who act like they are superstars. It's definitely off-putting.

Sylvia said...

Our school's experience was really different than special k. Kip was so great last year we invited him back to speak to our entire incoming freshman class this year. He also did a talk at a local public high school while he was here pro bono which I thought was pretty cool.

I don't know how you gauge an exorbitant fee but Kip was a bargain for us. We had a prominent female author out this year as graduation speaker and she charged $75K (which is fine they have to make their money) but her contract specified she would only talk for 15 minutes!