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
I am the bouncing baby boy of two wonderful Hapa parents.
My mom is Korean and English and my dad is Chinese, Hawaiian, Scottish and French.
Despite my parents both having brown eyes and dark hair, I inherited genes that go back quite a few generations on both my parent’s sides. Isn’t that cool.
Being that my parents are both proud Hapas I know I will be raised to appreciate all the cultures that make up my wonderful ethnic background.
My mother is Korean and my father is Irish, German, Scottish, Dutch, and Native American.
Growing up multicultural and multiracial in a town where there were not many other Hapa folk (I knew one other Hapa growing up) created some confusion for me; I never felt comfortable in the Korean-American community (I look so white) and yet much of my upbringing that was influenced by Korean culture always left me feeling a bit out of place among my very western White American peers.
I remember that the Asian-American kids in school would not believe me when I told them my mother was from Korea and would ask me to prove it with pictures. On the flipside, there were many occasions when Caucasian-American kids would tell me I looked “funnny” and ate “funny-looking” foods for lunch.
Da jia hao! My name is Toby. I was born in Taipei, Taiwan in the early 1970s. I am 1/2 Taiwanese, 1/4 Scottish, 1/4 Swiss. My father met my mother when he was in the USAF, stationed in Tainan, Taiwan. I moved to the US with my parents when I was a little boy. I have lived in California, Texas, New Mexico & Georgia.
As a little boy in Taiwan, my cousins would always call me mei guo hai zi, which in Mandarin means “American kid,” yet when I moved to the US, kids would call me the Chinese kid. As a Hapa kid I always felt trapped between two worlds, unable to fully be part of either one.
Fortunately one talent that I was born with was the ability to play music, I have always been able to play multiple instruments and sing. It was through music I was able to connect with people and communicate in a way that transcended the fact that I looked & felt different than everyone else. I feel that ability “saved” me in a way and has helped get me through the hardest times in my life.
Hi I’m Jared. I’m proud to be Hapa because I am the combination of two cool different cultures, families, and appearances.
I have embraced my heritage because I don’t consider myself or am fully accepted as one or the other, I am both. It’s funny because all my white friends think I’m Asian while most of my Asian friends think I’m of some weird Asian race or white.
I have faced challenges such as easily falling into the stereotypes of others because it makes life simple. I often find myself picking one ethnicity over the other, and being pushed out of one I considered myself part of.
When all is said and done, I honestly feel the most welcomed, accepted, understood and “part of” by Hapa friends and family. I am Hapa.
My name is Eryn and I live in Southern California.
My dad is Scottish, Irish, German and my mother is Japanese, and I constantly get asked “What are you?”
I identify with both my white and Asian side. My brothers and I speak Japanese and have visited Japan many times. We celebrate Japanese holidays such as boys’/girls’ day and on New Year’s, we go to Little Tokyo in Downtown L.A. to be part of the Japanese celebration. Continue reading
I was born in Vietnam and lived there until I was 5.
My dad is English, Irish, and Scottish. My mum is full Thai.
I moved to England and am still living there and I hope to move to Thailand when im older.
As I grew up people joked around about my race and found it funny, including my friends. Continue reading
Hey fellow Hapas! My name is Naomi, I’m from Northern California, but am going to film school in Southern California.
I just started my own t-shirt business, 6º of Hapa, it’s been fun and I’ve received really positive feedback (even non-Hapas have been buying them)!
My mom is Japanese-American and my dad is Caucasian (Italian, Irish, and Scottish, though the Scottish is not totally confirmed). 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