It wasn’t until I was seventeen that I first heard the term “Hapa.”
Of course I was aware that there were many people of multiracial heritage, but I had no idea that there was a unified community that celebrated their mixed roots — a community of people who have had so many of the same experiences that I’ve had. So before graduating college, I started HapaVoice.com to help connect Hapas everywhere and create a place to chat about what it’s like to be mixed.
Whether or not people choose to self identify as Hapa is up to them, I just want them to know that they aren’t some “other” who doesn’t belong. We are a diverse community of millions of people all over the world who face many of the same joys and challenges of multiracial identity, and our voices will be heard.
Good story, nice site, and you are beautiful.
Great job at BANANA! I know this is kind of late, but really great to see this type of website around.
Yay for representing hapas at banana2! (and for this site!)
Nice sharing on your background. It is meaningful to have this site. I like multi-racial culture, as the place I grow up (Malaysia) is a multi-racial country too.