My parents met when my dad (Czech, Irish, Scottish, and French – born and raised in Ohio) served a Peace Corps mission in the Philippines where my mom lived with her family. He brought her back to the United States, where I was born.
When I was seven, my family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where most people were white and Mormon.
I remember getting teased a few times because my eyes were “like this” (as kids would pull the corners of their eyes up), but in general I got along with everyone. Continue reading
Hello. My name is Gian-Luca and I’m 25. My mother is Afro-Puerto Rican. My father is from Brazil, and is Japanese, Indigenous Brazilian, and Portuguese. I was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, but moved to Puerto Rico and lived there until I was 13, then I moved to the states. I am currently a college student in Seattle.
When I was younger, a lot of people asked me all kinds of questions regarding my ethnicity. I usually got things such as Sri Lankan, Indian, Maori, or some Carribbean of some sort (although never actually Puerto Rican). People were especially confused when they looked my (incredibly long) name! Like most Latin-American people, I have two last names; one is Portuguese, and the other is a very common Japanese surname. I love and use both exactly as they are.
My name is Ana Silvia de Siqueira.
My mother is Tulia Orta and my father is Ivan de Siqueira.
My mom is mixed with with French, Spanish, Mexican, and Otomi.
My father is mixed with Brazilian, Japanese, and Portuguese. I love the fact that I’m mixed.
Hello! This site is amazing, reading all of the things that I have in common with people I have never met is very comforting.
I was always insecure while I was in high school, just because there definitely wasn’t anyone else like me and I always felt like I never fit in.
After high school I found out what Hapa was after I was identified by one of my own. She asked if I was Hapa and she had to explain it all to me. Continue reading
I’m a graphic designer living in Hamilton, NZ with my partner and our baby daughter.
I have German, Chinese and Portuguese blood from my Mum’s side. My Dad is 3rd generation New Zealander of Scottish decent.
I find often that I try to incorporate a lot of pacific culture into my designs, and I think the more I learn about my ancestry, the more diverse my designs will be. Continue reading
I am 3rd generation Filipino, Portuguese, Chinese, born and raised in Honolulu and Hilo, HI.
My Paternal Grandparents were both from the Philippines, though my Grandmother was born in Honolulu. My Maternal Great(s) came from China, the Philippines, and Portugal — although culturally, I am more inclined to pay tribute to my local Hawaiian ways.
My name is Samantha, I’m 23, and very proud to be called Hapa! I’ve been called so many ethnicities from Latina to Peruvian to Native American. I love hearing people’s guesses and enjoy telling them that I’m Hawaiian/Portuguese.
Growing up with my large islander family sometimes made me feel embarrassed to be half haole (my dad’s side), but I’ve come to embrace it and be thankful.
I was fortunate enough to have grandparents who instilled in me a deep sense of my heritage and I’ve been dancing traditional hula since I was a child. It’s something I hope to pass on to my own children one day and spread the Hapa Pride!
I’m Dhabitha and I’m Chinese, Indian, Malay, Thai, and Portuguese.
My grandma on my mother’s side is Thai, Chinese and Portuguese, but she was adopted and raised by a Malay family because of the Japanese occupation. My grandfather is Indian. My father is Javanese-Sarawak.
When I lived in Malaysia I was enrolled in an international school. I fit in because almost everyone was an expat, and I had a lot of Hapa friends. But when I moved back to Singapore, it was a different experience. Most people are either Malay, Chinese or Indian. It’s rare to find Hapas. Continue reading