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

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

  • Inaugural HAPI Meeting HAPI convenes for its inaugural meeting.

  • Inaugural HAPI Meeting HAPI convenes for its inaugural meeting

  • AAPI Heritage Month APANO Presents Report on AAPI Community to City Council

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

  • Screening of Documentary Film “Audrie & Daisy" 10/27
  • Out In The Night: A Social Justice Fund Benefit for Gender Justice Organizing in the NW 10/27
  • The Compassion Experience 10/28-10/31
  • FACE FIL-AM Chefs Panel 10/28
  • Oregon Through The Decades 10/28
  • Philippines Historama 10/29
  • Bollywood Horror XIV with DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid 10/29
  • H.A.P.I. Speaker Event - Professor Karen Umemoto 11/2
  • Margaret Cho Comedy Show 11/11
  • H.A.P.I. Monthly Meeting/Winter Potluck Event 11/18
  • Uwajimaya Senior Tuesdays - Tuesday Mornings ONGOING
  • Chinese Culture & Conversation Circle - 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.

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


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