The term hapa is a Hawaiian word that means half or part. Originally a derogatory term for a person of half-Hawaiian descent, the word has since been embraced by people of part Asian/Pacific Island descent.

The Harvard Half Asian Person’s Association (HAPA) is a student organization that aims to foster a community of part-Asians and provide a forum for discussion about interracial relationships and mixed race issues. Harvard HAPA hosts a variety of social and educational events, such as mixers with other colleges’ HAPA/Mixed groups and an intercollegiate conference (So What Are You Anyway?).

Harvard HAPA does not discriminate; we eagerly welcome members from any ethnic background. Board elections are held at the end of fall semester, but if you would like to get involved with brainstorming and planning events now, email harvardhapa@gmail.com.