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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 (HAPI) 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 for September and October 2016:

Please check out the HAPI EVENTS CALENDAR for further details

  • We Are Not Drowning, We Are Fighting 9/29
  • An Evening With Deepak Chopra in Portland 9/29
  • Omoide Project Workshop 9/30
  • Bonsai Exhibit 10/1
  • Vancouver Symphony 10/1-10/2
  • APANO Rolling Tides Banquet 10/1
  • Golden Leaf Education Foundation’s Magical Night Gala 10/1
  • Hindustani Vocal by Pt. Raghunandan Panshikar 10/1
  • History of Hip-Hop at Century: The Return of the B-Boy 10/1
  • A Personal Matter 10/2
  • You and Your Racist Brain: The Neuroscience of Prejudice 10/3
  • PSU Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAAPI) Collective Meeting 10/5
  • All Jane Comedy Festival 10/5
  • WWE Live 10/8
  • Vision and Vigilance 10/9
  • PSU Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAAPI) Collective Follow Up Meeting 10/12
  • Filipino American History Month Proclamation 10/12
  • FACE FIL-AM History Month Celebration - Part 1 10/12
  • Bobby Lee Comedy Show 10/13-10/15
  • The Wong Street Journal 10/13-10/15 & 10/20-10/23
  • FACE FIL-AM History Month Celebration - Part 2 10/14
  • Corporate Philanthrophy Awards 10/14
  • Romeo is Bleeding Film 10/14-10/16
  • Do Not Resist Film 10/18-10/21
  • Rachel Yamagata 10/19
  • Untold Stories: A Walk With Know Your City 10/20
  • Kishi Bashi 10/20
  • Norah Jones Day Breaks World Tour 10/20
  • *HAPI Monthly Meeting 10/21
  • Portand Retro Gaming Expo 10/21-10/23
  • Portland Veg Fest 10/22-10/23
  • Aloha Spirit (Hawaiian Hula) 10/22
  • Oregon Koto-Kai 5th Anniversary Concert 10/23
  • The Naked and Famous Concert 10/26
  • Oregon Manufacturing Awards 10/27
  • 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
  • Uwajimaya Senior Tuesdays - Tuesday Mornings ONGOING
  • Chinese Culture & Conversation Circle - Friday Afternoons ONGOING
  • Uwajimaya College Night - Friday Evenings ONGOING


HAPI 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

HAPI Book List

A list of books pertinent to the HAPI experience

HAPI Resources

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


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