What Is Hapa?

WHAT IS HAPA

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.

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%

1,519 White-two race0%

828 White-three or more0%

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.