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Origins of this content
This is a 2010 video by two of my graduate students in Cultural Studies and posted by kimballzen, who made it as a piece of "visual research" about and in the form of digital storytelling.
There is a large body of writing about digital storytelling, "a short, first-person video-narrative created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds."[cit]

Visual research, audio-visual thinking, and video essays are forms of humanities "writing" that push the norms of traditional scholarship: "Audiovisual Thinking is a pioneering forum where academics and educators can articulate, conceptualize and disseminate their research about audiovisuality and audiovisual culture through the medium of video."[cit]

According to the Urban Dictionary: "Hapa is a Hawaiian word that was originally part of the full phrase: hapa haole, which was a derogatory term for someone half Hawaiian and half 'white foreigner.' Today, the phrase has been shortened to simply 'hapa' and generally refers to anyone part Asian or Pacific Islander and, generally, part caucasian. However, the definition of 'hapa' has come more and more to mean 'half' or 'of mixed blood' in which case many different racial combinations are beginning to fall under the umbrella of 'hapa.'"[cit]

"The laden phrase 'identity politics' has come to signify a wide range of political activity and theorizing founded in the shared experiences of injustice of members of certain social groups. Rather than organizing solely around belief systems, programmatic manifestos, or party affiliation, identity political formations typically aim to secure the political freedom of a specific constituency marginalized within its larger context. Members of that constituency assert or reclaim ways of understanding their distinctiveness that challenge dominant oppressive characterizations, with the goal of greater self-determination."[cit]

One of my ten founding terms for this project is praxis: Thinking is less effective when it occurs in isolation from doing and without a stake in the world.
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More videos related to the content of this page
"Prototypical Hapa Narrative," by kimballzen