Darryl Mori

Darryl Mori is a writer based in Los Angeles, specializing in the arts and the nonprofit sector. A Sansei and a native of Southern California, he has written for UCLA and the Japanese American National Museum, where he serves as a volunteer. He currently works in fundraising and external relations for Art Center College of Design.

Updated December 2012

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Q&A with Artist Kip Fulbeck: The Continuing Legacy of The Hapa Project - Part 2

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DN: Now that you’re a parent, are the conversations about identity you may have had with your kids similar or different than those you may have had with your own parents? Or a little of both?

KF: Ha! That assumes I ever had a single conversation about identity with my parents! I remember after I did Banana Split (my first film of note) and showed my parents. We watched it together, and afterwards both of them made a point to tell me they had no idea I had struggled as a kid, or got beat up ...

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Q&A with Artist Kip Fulbeck: The Continuing Legacy of The Hapa Project - Part 1

Artist/writer/performer Kip Fulbeck launched The Hapa Project in 2001, photographing more than 1,200 people of mixed Asian or Pacific Islander heritage. His intent was to raise awareness and understanding of multiracial people and to help them (especially children) form positive self-identities. The work led to a landmark book and related exhibition in 2006: kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa.

In the years since, he has spawned multiple books and exhibitions, spoken throughout the U.S. and abroad, and had his work shown in more than 20 countries. In his latest exhibition, hapa.me, on view at the ...

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Transpacific Borderlands: Behind the Scenes with Artist Shinpei Takeda

“Some people think my work looks like it’s speaking something like a megaphone,” says Shinpei Takeda. “And some people think it is trying to catch something, like a fishnet. Completely different. But I like that it can be both.”

For Takeda, bridging disparate perspectives is nothing new. A visual artist and filmmaker who works across a wide range of media—such as film, photography, sound, performance, paint, fiber, calligraphy—he appreciates variety.

But Takeda also brings a distinctive view of the breadth of the world’s different cultures. Born in Japan and living and working in Mexico and Germany ...

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Finding Asian American Family Histories: Genealogist Marisa Louie Lee

“I will never forget seeing my great-grandfather’s photograph in his immigration case file,” Marisa Louie Lee recalls. “The moment I opened the folder and saw the spitting image of my grandfather in front of me, I knew it was him. I cried in the research room!”

For Lee, a researcher and genealogist, exploring family histories has a lot of personal meaning.

“I have always been my family’s de facto ‘family historian,’ starting with the family newsletter I wrote and edited in elementary school,” she says. “As a sophomore in college, I paid a visit to the National Archives ...

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Mike Saijo: Remaking the Rules Through Art

Mike Saijo vividly recalls the day art changed his life.

“After college I went on a road trip as a ‘carnie,’ a carnival worker, to Northern California, Oregon, and Washington,” Saijo says. “After being on the road for eight months, I stopped off at Weed, California, in a campground, and had an emotional breakdown.”

“I had reached a fork in the road where I felt I had to make a decision, either remain a carnie or dedicate my life to becoming a dedicated working artist,” he explains. “Five beautiful horses way in the distance from the ranch next door came ...

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