FACTOID # 18: Alaska spends more money per capita on elementary and secondary education than any other state.
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
People who viewed "Hapas" also viewed:


FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:



(* = Graphable)



Encyclopedia > Hapas

In the Hawaiian language and in Hawaiian Pidgin, a hapa is an individual of mixed ancestry, especially someone born in Hawaii. Used without qualification, it is often taken to mean "part-Hawaiian, part white". In the Hawaiian language, it can also simply mean half, part, or fragment.

Hapa can also be used as an adjective to describe anyone of mixed racial heritage. Another term used in the Hawaiian islands for someone of very mixed racial heritage is "chop suey". (This word was once common, but is less used these days.) Both words are used descriptively and would not be felt as slurs.

The word "hapa" is now used in the mainland United States to describe a person of partial Asian ethnicity. However, some Native Hawaiians dispute this usage, claiming that the word should only be used to describe people of partial Hawaiian ancestry.

The terms haole and popolo are often used as racial or ethnic slurs, sometimes descriptively. One should be careful using these terms.

Hapa-haole can also be used to describe anything hybrid. One common use is as the name of a type of Hawaiian music. The tune and styling are typically Hawaiian, but the lyrics are in English, or mostly in English.

External links

  • Hapas.com (http://www.hapas.com)
  • Realhapas.com (http://www.realhapas.com) - Site that claims "hapa" should only be used for people of partial Hawaiian ethnicity
  • Two Cultures, One Princess (http://www.erasofelegance.com/kaiulani.html)
  • Swirl - A Mixed Community (http://swirlinc.org)
  • Hapa Issues Forum (http://www.hapaissuesforum.org)
  • MixedFolks.com - Representing Multiracial People (http://www.mixedfolks.com)
  • Cornell Hapa Student Association (http://www.rso.cornell.edu/hapa/)
  • The Hapa Project - Exploring Hapa Identity (http://www.thehapaproject.com)
  • Half-Korean Online Community (http://www.halfkorean.com)
  • Amerasian Schools Okinawa (http://www.amerasianschool.org)
  • Eurasian Association of Singapore (http://www.eurasians.org)
  • Eurasian Nation (http://www.eurasiannation.com)
  • Halvsie - Half Japanese (http://www.halvsie.com)
  • Online Community for Multicultural Women (http://www.metisse.com)
  • AsianWeek Article Regarding HIF conference (http://www.asianweek.com/052099/news_hapa.html)
  • "You Don't Look Japanese!" (http://www.angelfire.com/or/biracial/)

  Results from FactBites:
The Health Action Promotion Association Website (215 words)
HAPA aims to ensure that the principle of people centred development is enhanced and put in practise.
HAPA understands development to be a process through which people individually or collectively realise their potentials.
The primary aim of HAPA is to facilitate community groups/ individuals to become aware that their well being is a core responsibility of themselves.
Hapa Culture Multicultural Gifts (212 words)
However at Hapa Culture, we like to embrace the term as a broader and more inclusive concept by involving any mix of cultural influences.
Hapa Culture's mission is to explore and celebrate the experiences of mixed cultures.
Hapa Culture is place where we celebrate our similarities and differences, reexamine the traditional notions of racial and cultural identity, and provide insights, answers, as well as questions.
  More results at FactBites »



Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m