Share Your Hapa Story

  • Share Your Hapa Story: Christy Chow

    "'You are hapa, Christy, and you are proud of it!' Those words, cascading with powerful grace from my Hawaii-raised Chinese grandmother were constant and solid reminders of the gratitude and deep acknowledgement she hoped for me, and all of her hapa grandchildren, to carry close throughout life."
  • Share Your Hapa Story: Elsa

    "As a mixed-race person, it has occasionally been difficult to pinpoint my identity. After all, we live in a world that thrives on mono-racial standards. People will often tell me that I look too white to be Asian, to which I usually reply that even so, I look very much like my Malaysian Chinese mother."
  • Share Your Hapa Story: William Roman

    "About me: I've always been familiar with the word hapa. My mom's side of the family frequently uses it since most of my cousins and I are mixed. My mom is Japanese & Okinawan and my dad is mainly Native American & Mexican."
  • Share Your Hapa Story: Lauren Lola

    "Being mixed race was not something that I grew up with a full-fledged awareness for. However, through racist encounters and nosy questions, I eventually had to come head-to-head with understanding my mixed race identity, once and for all."
  • Share Your Hapa Story: Addi McClure

    "While I think I've always been proud to be hapa, I've never been so comfortable and self-assured with my identity as I am now, and I pour a lot of that into my art."
  • Share Your Hapa Story: Tommy Jun Hodges

    "My name is Tommy Jun Hodges. I am mixed Japanese/Irish. Born in Yokosuka Japan, on an American Naval base."
  • Share Your Hapa Story: @hulahal

    "I'm 1/2 Mexican and my husband is full Japanese. I went to school in Hawaii and fell in love with the culture and the land."
  • Share Your Hapa Story: Kimiko

    "Growing up in Silicon Valley in the early 90's, a lot of different cultures were here, yet I seemed to be the only child of mixed cultural backgrounds and my parents were divorced. At my private school, THAT was unheard of! People would see me with my Hapa (Japanese, Irish and German) Mother, and then me, and ask, 'What are you?' In turn, I'd reply 'I'm a Kimiko.'"
  • Our #ShareYourHapaStory Project

    We're here to celebrate friends, family, and our diverse connections. To continue with this celebration, we'd love to hear your stories and for you to share up to 10 photos with our #ShareYourHapaStory Project.

    For our current contributors, we'd love to feature your story here at, please contact us via or Instagram and we'll get your story posted here!