Hapa Day 2017

ha•pa (hä’pä)

adj. 1. slang. Of mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry.

 

n. 2. slang. A person of such ancestry. [der./hawaiian: hapa haole. (half white)]

 

Hapa, literally “half” in Hawaiian, was originally used as a derogatory term to describe people of biracial ancestry. Today, many multicarical individuals of Asian or Pacific Islander descent have embraced the word as a term of prideful self-identification. Although some object to the term’s appropriation and perceived misuse outside of its traditional Hawaiian context, “Hapa” has been widely adopted by the Asian and Pacific Islander multiracial communities.

HAPA DAY IS MARCH 14, 2017

The United States is in the midst of a demographic shift. Driven by immigration and inter- marriage, multiracial and multiethnic Americans (or mixed-race) have now become the country’s fastest growing demographic groups. Numbering around 9 million, or 2.9% of the population, the 2010 Census has proven a change has begun with Americans perception of racial mixing.

 

The same can be proved in many modern nations around the world. In Japan, where the nation once proudly proclaimed itself as the mono-ethnic nation, 1 in 30 babies born today are not of Japanese descent. Additionally, the United Kingdom has reported the highest rate of interracial relationships in the world, where at least 3.5% of newborn babies are mixed race.

 

Hapa Day is loosely based on the Japanese holiday, White Day observed on March 14th as the second-half of Valentines day where it is the men’s turn to provide an expression of love as a courtesy or social obligation. A handmade chocolate gift is preferred, traditionally wrapped in a marshmallow.

 

Such as the marshmallow mixed with chocolate, Hapa Day was created as a symbol of love for multiracial/ multiethnic individuals around the world. Help us to spread the word and observe the fifth annual Hapa Day on March 14th, 2017.

CENSUS DATA ON MULTIRACIAL AMERICANS

There are 9.3 million multiracial adults and children, or 3% of the population in the United States.

2,432 White-black0%

1,862 White-asian0%

1,771 White-Am. Indian0%

922 White-other race0%

1,519 White-two race0%

828 White-three or more0%

15% of new marriages were between individuals of a different race or ethnicity, more than double the share in 1980.

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36% of Asian female newlyweds marry outside their race.

17% of Asian male newlyweds marry outside their race.

Percentage of each Asian-American ethnicity who married someone non Asian:

Japanese-Am.0%

Korean-Am.0%

Chinese-Am.0%

Vietnamese-Am.0%

JAPAN

More than 20,000 children are born in Japan to international couples.

SINGAPORE

Roughly 40% of Singapore’s residents are foreigners with a reported 3.2% Eurasian population.

NETHERLANDS

Dutch Eurasians, or Indosesian-Europeans are the largest ethnic minority in the Netherlands consisting of 2.5% of the population.

BRAZIL

1.5 million people of Japanese descent live in Brazil – the largest Japanese population outside of Japan.

PERU

Constituting 3% of the population, an Asian Peruvian even served as the 90th president.

UNITED KINGDOM

Roughly 2 million of United Kingdom’s residents are mixed race, constituting 3% of the population.