Hello everyone, my name is Clarissa. I am Indonesian Chinese. I’ve lived in South Korea and Indonesia.
Sometimes people can’t guess what my ethnicity is. They think I’m either Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Singaporean, Filipino, or Taiwanese, especially when I lived in South Korea or traveled outside Indonesia.
Being Hapa is a blessing for me. I’ve learned to be a chameleon, to be open minded, and to respect different points of view.
Hi there! My name is Rieza Luthfi Alvarez and I’m from Jakarta, Indonesia.
My Dad is Spanish-Filipino and my Mom is Indonesian. Being Hapa is a great feeling and a blessing.
It’s funny to me when people can’t guess my background right. Even now that I’m older and have changed quite a bit, people still have no idea what ethnicity I am. When I was a kid people called me “bule” (caucasian foreigner). Some of them said I looked Japanese, others guessed Chinese, and a few thought I was Arabian. Continue reading
Being Hapa is a blessing in so many ways.
No matter where I’ve lived in the world, there is always a question as to my background.
I am a conversation starter as I do not fit into a box or stereotype, and I’m grateful.
There have been times where I’ve faced racism and had to define who I am or prove my worth, but for the most part, Hapa identity is more visible and accepted than when I was younger. Continue reading
My name is Kimberly. I was born to a Vietnamese mother and a already very mixed father who is Dutch, Indonesian, German, and Filipino.
Growing up and going to school I always had a hard time with my cultural background and identity. Always questioned “What are you?” to which I’ve learned to punch back with the reply, “Um, human.”
I got used to checking the “OTHER” box.
I’ve learned to embrace my heritage, and especially the amazing foods from each region and learning my cultural history and traditions.
It wasn’t till recently that I started meeting more Hapa folks and learning about mixed cultures, and then was turned on to Hapa Voice. So neat to know I’m not alone, and that I have some mixed brothers and sisters around the world, of the world. Continue reading