Nikkei National Museum presents
Hapa Human Library
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 2-5pm
Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre (6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby)

Take out a living Book and discover a person
Free event, everyone welcome!

Are you curious about issues of identity? Do you like to hear new and intriguing stories? Come to the Nikkei National Museum and sit down with a Human Hapa Book for a one-on-one informal conversation to explore hapa identity. Hapa is a person with mixed race heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry. You are guaranteed to be inspired and learn something new.

This human library is organized in conjunction with the Kip Fulbeck: part Asian, 100% hapa exhibition now showing at the Nikkei National Museum until January 4, 2015. We invite everyone to participate, but especially hapa of all mixes, parents raising hapa children, and youth exploring their own identity. We also encourage anyone not familiar with the term hapa to take out a Book to learn how mixed race people identify themselves. Confirmed book titles at the moment are

  • Japanese Canadian Young Leader: Discovering Heritage, Community and Identity
  • An Older Hapa, Editor and Taiko Player
  • Youth Engagement & Japanese Canadian Community Development

See website on how to take out a Book.

Concept of the Human Library
The Human Library promotes community engagement by bringing people with unique life experiences together to have open and honest conversations. “Human Books” represent a host of lifestyles and experiences. Books and Readers have the opportunity to speak personally and in private in a structured, protected space within a limited time.