Definition of hapa in English:

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hapa

Pronunciation: /ˈhäpə/ Pronunciation: /ˈhapə/
(also Hapa)

noun

US
A person who is partially of Asian or Pacific Islander descent: some academics theorized that by the turn of the century Asian America would be comprised mostly of hapas
More example sentences
  • Being a hapa means feeling forever uneasy, no matter where you are or who you're with, white or Asian.
  • He wandered over to the barbecue grill where I was talking to another guest, a photographer and fellow Hapa.
  • That's me, yes, I'm a hapa too, a baby born of war to a Vietnamese mother and a American serviceman.

Origin

Hawaiian, literally 'half'.

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Syllabification: hap·a

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