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

  • Listen, Learn & Lunch: Current State of Immigration and How it Affects Everyone HAPI successfully launched its new series: Listen, Learn & Lunch. This inaugural event focused on the complexities of and the strategies for dealing with current immigration law.

  • Emotional Labor and Women of Color in the Workplace: A Reality Check Theresa Suico, guest editorial, writes about the challenges that women of color in the workforce experience. Check the editorial section to read the article.

  • Taiwanese American Heritage Week Proclamation 2018 City Hall and the Taiwanese Community celebrating Taiwanese American Heritage Week with a proclamation

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2018 Members of the AAPI community gather for AAPI Heritage Month proclamation at City Council

  • AAPI Tree Planting Ceremony 2017 H.A.P.I. and AAPI members come together to plant a tree in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2017 Members of HAPI, APANO, and Community gather for Mayor Wheeler's proclamation

  • C. Aujean Lee Presentation Materials Video and slides are now available for C. Aujean Lee's presentation on the Event Presentations page

  • H.A.P.I. Dashboards H.A.P.I. is now developing dashboards focused on equity.

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 H.A.P.I. 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 H.A.P.I. communities

The group will work with the City to advocate and educate on behalf of H.A.P.I. employees, and develop ways to attract, support, and retain H.A.P.I. employees. The H.A.P.I. 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).

Upcoming Community & H.A.P.I. Events:




Book List

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


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


Interactive data visualizations that model and display demographic and socioeconomic information.


Editorials submitted or collected by H.A.P.I. community members

Events Calendar

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


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