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.
1,771 White-Am. Indian0%
1,519 White-two race0%
828 White-three or more0%
More than 20,000 children are born in Japan to international couples.
Roughly 40% of Singapore’s residents are foreigners with a reported 3.2% Eurasian population.
Dutch Eurasians, or Indosesian-Europeans are the largest ethnic minority in the Netherlands consisting of 2.5% of the population.
1.5 million people of Japanese descent live in Brazil – the largest Japanese population outside of Japan.
Constituting 3% of the population, an Asian Peruvian even served as the 90th president.
Roughly 2 million of United Kingdom’s residents are mixed race, constituting 3% of the population.