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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.

Hapa, literally “half” in Hawaiian, was originally used as a
derogatory term to describe people of both White and Hawaiian
ancestry. Today, many multiracial individuals of part-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 part-Asian and part-Pacific
Islander multiracial communities, particularly in Hawaii and

According to the 2000 Census, there are 1.6 million Hapas in the United States.


1. Raise awareness about multiracial, part-Asian identity
2. Unite the Hapa community
3. Deconstruct exclusively monoracial understandings of race
4. Encourage Hapa role models to publicly assert their Hapa identity
5. Establish universal recognition of Hapa identity
6. Promote the replacement of all forms that force us to choose just
one box or check “other” with forms that say “check all that apply”

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