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31 Things All Half-Asians Know To Be True

Don't worry, be hapa!

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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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

17. Sometimes you get dual citizenship!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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