Re-Mix: Rethinking the use of ‘Hapa’ in Mixedrace Asian/Pacific Islander American Community Organizing
Taniguchi, Angela S.
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The term Hapa is Hawaiian in origin and roughly means ‘half’. Recently, many mixedrace Asian/Pacific Islanders on the mainland began identifying with and using the term Hapa to create organizations specific to their needs. Largely recognized as a “California phenomenon,” the number of Asian-descent multiracials identifying as Hapa is ever increasing. Here I investigate the use of the term Hapa historically, as well as its current use in California. I then discuss the potential political implications of Mixedrace Asian/Pacific Islanders coalescing under the term.