The term “Hapa”

is a Hawaiian term meaning mixed race. It comes from Hawaiian Pidgin English, derived from the English word “half”.

There are at least three meanings in common use:


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Say Hapa, With Care

“If you decide to use hapa in a non-Native Hawaiian context, I urge you to not rush to explain away the problems with it, but hold them in tension. Examine the many ways living in the United States can make you complicit with settler colonialism. There are no easy solutions to this complicity, but it is important to struggle against it nonetheless.”


Japanese, German, English – Julie

“Hi everyone! My name is Julie Taeko Gramlich, and I have always associated more with my Asian side.
I love the fact that I can break the barrier of race purely with my appearance. I have no idea how many times I have been asked the question “What are you?” or the more politically correct “What is your ethnicity?” I love it. I thrive on it. I almost beg to be asked.”

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Mixing Racial Messages

Starting with its title, the group exhibition War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art at Seattle’s Wing Luke museum asks a provocative question: how do those seen by Americans as produc…

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Asian American Lia Neal makes USA swim team | Asiance Magazine

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“Lia Neal came in fourth in the 100-meter freestyle finals. Her finish gave her a spot on the 400 freestyle relay team.

Neal, whose father is African-American, and mother is Chinese-American, became the second African-American woman to represent U.S. swimming in the Olympics. The first was Maritza Correia, who was a member of the silver-medal-winning 400-meter freestyle relay team at the 2004 Athens Games.

Neal, who lives in Brooklyn, started taking swimming lessons with friends when she was 6. She showed promise, and a swim mom recommended when she was 8 that she try out for a swim team.”

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Applying to College: Don’t Check Asian. Or Do?

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“I don’t want my kids to deny the Taiwanese side of their heritage or be ashamed of their identities in order to get into a top university. Sure, that’s one way to beat The System. But how long before The System catches on? In my worst fears, I imagine a college admissions process in which any Asian-sounding surname is grounds for a witch hunt.”

“Hapa” | Poetry Slam by Henry at Brave New Voices 2011 Seattle

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“Hapa” By: Henry Team Seattle Poems from Brave New Voices 2011 Western Quarterfinals Bout 11 Youth Speaks…
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One Big Hapa Family

Early this year at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival I saw an excellent  movie called “One Big Hapa Family” it dawned on me that what was happening in Canada (and California) is that Canadian and American Asians were intentionally or unconsciously morphing into a new ‘race’ by mixing. The WWII racism had such a dramatic psychological and emotional impact that an anti-racist person would be inclined to merge into a blended newness (via their children) to avoid the segregation and internment camps that government may try to impose on a future generation during the next war against an Asian country.