Tag Archives: mixed-race

What are words worth: Hapa, Hafu or Mixed-Race?

I’ve recently finished writing revisions for a new edition of my book, “Being Japanese American: A JA Sourcebook for Nikkei, Hapa … & Their Friends,” which will be published this June by Stone Bridge Press. I mention this not just to pimp the book to you all (speaking of which, you can pre-order the book […]

Hapa Voice celebrates mixed-race Asian identity

Erica Johnson is a woman on a mission. Earlier this year, she launched a blog called Hapa Voice where she posts submissions from hapas — mixed-race Asians — with photos and short autobiographies that explain a little about themselves. The titles of each post are a simple rundown of the submitter’s ethnic mix. This elegant, […]

Next on visualizAsian: Kip Fulbeck – hapa artist, author, slam poet, professor

Photo by Suzanne Bernel Think of it as a racial mashup. We’re living in an era when the President of the United States is multiracial, and we’re changing our perspectives on ethnic identity — especially what it means to be Asian American. We’re moving beyond single cultural identification. Many of us are connected to our […]

Meiko and the new ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ folk music: dreamy and world-weary

Meiko, a one-quarter Japanese American, or “quapa,” from Georgia by way of Los Angeles, is at the vanguard of the new folk music. At least, that’s the category where you’ll find her on iTunes. She strums and picks an acoustic guitar, so she fits the folksinger/troubadour image. But her music isn’t based on the traditional […]

Multi-racial Asian Americans speak up

I wrote an article for Asian Avenue magazine, about mixed-race Asian American Pacific Islanders. The print edition, which is available at 500 locations around Denver, has lots of photos with it. The article highlights some of the issues facing people of multiple racial heritage in general: the lack of acceptance by either side of your […]