back to top

31 Things All Half-Asians Know To Be True

Don't worry, be hapa!

Posted on

NOTE: The word hapa comes from the Native Hawaiian term "hapa-haole" or someone who is part Native Hawaiian and part foreigner. But the word has been co-opted over time to signify a person who is half or part asian.

Advertisement

4. You have an Asian and non-Asian name.

instagram.com

6. Chances are good that you’re much taller than half of your family.

instagram.com
Advertisement

7. You and your siblings don’t always agree about which race each of you more closely identifies with.

instagram.com

8. Whether or not you inherit “Asian glow” is a real crap shoot.

instagram.com
Advertisement

12. It still blows your mind that in some places your parents' marriage would have been illegal within their lifetime.

instagram.com

13. You light up when you find out an actor is a hapa too and you follow them from then to forever.

instagram.com
Advertisement

17. Sometimes you get dual citizenship!

instagram.com

19. At times you’ve felt like you weren’t Asian enough (and vice versa).

instagram.com

20. Sometimes you feel like you have to identify with only one race or the other.

instagram.com
Advertisement

23. When you are dating another Asian or hapa you wonder if you are “sticky rice” or a “rice queen.”

instagram.com

24. You can change the race others identify you as just by changing your hairstyle!

instagram.com

25. You get to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Moon Festival, Christmas, New Year’s and Lunar New Year — fall and winter are the best!

instagram.com

26. Your two sets of grandparents are so different they have nothing to say to each other.

instagram.com

27. You have had a meal like stroganoff on rice on a regular basis.

instagram.com

28. Growing up, your fridge could contain at any given time: jook and lasagna, shoyu chicken and corned beef, tamales and samosas.

instagram.com

29. You’re tired of hearing that mixed babies are the cutest or the most beautiful—even though it's true. ;)

instagram.com

30. The more you look around these days, the more you see other hapas — and that’s pretty damn great.

instagram.com

This post has been updated to include a note on our usage of the term hapa.

Promoted