General Information: 503-823-4000
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 110, Portland, OR 97204
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.
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.
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).
Honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Artists and Cultural Groups in Portland - May 7th, 2019 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
In 2017, Simon Tam’s nearly eight-year quest to trademark his band’s name, “The Slants,” culminated with a unanimous decision from the Supreme Court in his favor. Join us as we feature musician, activist, and author, Simon Tam as he discusses his journey as detailed in the just-released memoir: “Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court.”
Lunch will be provided. Seriously.
A list of articles and resources pertinent to the H.A.P.I. experience
Documentation for H.A.P.I. meetings
List of contacts for H.A.P.I. representatives
Editorials submitted or collected by H.A.P.I. community members
Documents and materials from H.A.P.I. sponsored events
A list of books pertinent to the H.A.P.I. experience
A larger version of the calendar that lists upcoming community and H.A.P.I. events