Definition of hapa in English:

hapa

(also Hapa)

Pronunciation /ˈhäpə//ˈhapə/

noun

US
  • A person who is partially of Asian or Pacific Islander descent.

    ‘some academics theorized that by the turn of the century Asian America would be comprised mostly of hapas’
    • ‘Being a hapa means feeling forever uneasy, no matter where you are or who you're with, white or Asian.’
    • ‘Actually there are 1.6 million hapas in the United States.’
    • ‘Back home, a hapa may just be considered as "exotic" but here, it feels like we're recognized as the future.’
    • ‘So the hapas will go off to debate their issues and the mixed Africans and the Asians theirs.’
    • ‘It's perfectly normal for hapas to deal with identity issues.’
    • ‘He grew up in polyglot Oahu, a hapa – the Hawaiian term for someone of mixed heritage – in a place full of hapas.’
    • ‘He wandered over to the barbecue grill where I was talking to another guest, a photographer and fellow Hapa.’
    • ‘That's me, yes, I'm a hapa too, a baby born of war to a Vietnamese mother and a American serviceman.’

Origin

Hawaiian, literally half.

Pronunciation

hapa

/ˈhäpə//ˈhapə/