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Hapa, Asian, and Pacific Islander (H.A.P.I.)

  • H.A.P.I. Lecture Series Professor Karen Umemoto

  • H.A.P.I. Lecture Series Professor Karen Umemoto

  • HAPI Field Trip Jade International Night Market | 8/27/16

The Hapa, Asian, and Pacific Islanders of Portland (H.A.P.I.) Affinity Group commits to:

  • Form a professional network and provide development opportunities
  • Create a supportive environment for members to exchange information and ideas and to discuss challenges to the HAPI community
  • Advocate to strengthen community inclusiveness through public outreach toward policies, plans, and investments
  • Collaborate with community organizations and institutions on shared goals
  • Highlight contributions made by HAPI communities

The group will work with the City to advocate and educate on behalf of HAPI employees, and develop ways to attract, support, and retain HAPI employees. The HAPI Affinity Group welcomes and celebrates Hapa, Asian, Pacific Islanders, and allies who are and have been City of Portland employees regardless of their native language, religion, culture or tradition. 

What does HAPA mean?

Hapa, meaning “half” in Hawaiian, is used today by many multiracial individuals of Asian or Pacific Islander descent who have embraced the word as a term of prideful self-identification. Historically, the term was used derogatorily to describe people of biracial ancestry. Although some object to the term’s appropriation and perceived misuse outside of its traditional Hawaiian context, Hapa has been widely adopted by the Asian and Pacific Islander multiracial communities. For the purpose of this group, the term is used to represent our intention to be inclusive of multiracial City employees. The use of this term, of course, does not exclude City employees who identify as multiracial but use a different term to identify themselves.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian and Pacific Islander encompasses (but not exclusive to) all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

 List of Upcoming Community & HAPI Events:

Please check out the H.A.P.I. EVENTS CALENDAR for further details

  • China Business Network (CBN) Happy Hour 12/1
  • Gender and Sexualities Film Screening 12/1
  • North Bay of Begal as a Sub-Region 12/1
  • Remember, Reflect, Reaffirm: Annual World AIDS Day Observance 12/1
  • Teachings and Long Life Blessing With Dr. Nida Chenagtsang 12/2
  • Mitsubishi Corporation in the US - Past, Present & Future 12/2
  • Intersectionality: Election Impacts on Our Communities 12/2
  • Friday Forum: Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentencing 12/2
  • Janit V. Saechao Releases: Reclamation by The Refugee's Daughter 12/2
  • Smooches Two XOXO & Stink and Stick 12/2
  • H2M's Annual Portrait Studio 12/3-4
  • FINDpdx Holiday Edition 12/3
  • Gratitude - 1st Saturday Life Workshop Kirtan at OmBase 12/3
  • Five Buddhas Symposium 12/3
  • Portland Artisan Festival 12/6-9
  • Mizuba Tea Co. Demo 12/9
  • PDX Green Festival Expo 12/9-11
  • East Portland Holiday Bazaar 12/10
  • Adelante Juntas: Latino Community Dialogue 12/10
  • International Human Rights Day PDX: Depensahan 12/10
  • Origami Workshop 12/11
  • December Activist Filmmaking: Translating Emotion 12/12-13
  • Holiday Cocktail Workshop 12/12
  • LGBTQ Youth Holiday Celebration by Pride NW 12/15
  • *H.A.P.I. Monthly Meeting 12/16
  • Tender Loving Empire Winter Formal 12/17
  • LHS Alumni and BSU Holiday Food Drive 12/17
  • Geek the Halls 2016 12/17-18
  • Sunday Supper Series: India 12/18
  • Jolie Laide Dinner 12/21
  • Uwajimaya Senior Tuesdays - Tuesday Mornings ONGOING
  • GABRIELA Tagalog Lessons - First Thursdays ONGOING
  • Chinese Culture & Conversation Circle - First Friday Afternoons ONGOING
  • Uwajimaya College Night - Friday Evenings ONGOING


H.A.P.I. Portland Demographics Dashboard

Data was derived from the 2014 American Community Survey 5-year average. H.A.P.I. population figures are comprised of individuals with at least one Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity component, which includes multiracial people.


List of contacts for H.A.P.I. representatives

Events Calendar

A larger version of the calendar that lists upcoming community and H.A.P.I. events

H.A.P.I. Book List

A list of books pertinent to the H.A.P.I. experience

H.A.P.I. Resources

A list of articles and resources pertinent to the H.A.P.I. experience