Hapa Perspectives

Shannon Sun-Higginson ’10 has created an awesome film featuring other Wesleyan students about being Hapa, or half-Asian. Check it out on Current.com and vote for it!

58 thoughts on “Hapa Perspectives

  1. Anonymous

    seriously, what’s with the quotes? professors do that. stop being a douche. intellectual arguments don’t work on blogs. so, up yours you big stupid doo=doo head.

  2. Anonymous

    seriously, what’s with the quotes? professors do that. stop being a douche. intellectual arguments don’t work on blogs. so, up yours you big stupid doo=doo head.

  3. Anonymous

    12:50 – Judaism is also a culture, not just a religion. As a culture, Judaism therefore shares characteristics with “race”. Also, arguing that “their country is so new, and all other races have homes that date back so far that we just associate being from that place with being that race” … can you please explain the breakdown of the Soviet Union and all the nationalist groups within that proudly defend (and rightly so) their “own races”? Their “homelands” are much “newer” than Israel.

  4. Anonymous

    12:50 – Judaism is also a culture, not just a religion. As a culture, Judaism therefore shares characteristics with “race”.
    Also, arguing that “their country is so new, and all other races have homes that date back so far that we just associate being from that place with being that race” … can you please explain the breakdown of the Soviet Union and all the nationalist groups within that proudly defend (and rightly so) their “own races”? Their “homelands” are much “newer” than Israel.

  5. Anonymous

    hahjews don’t seem like a race because 1. it’s primarily a religion, and 2. their country is so new, and all other races have homes that date back so far that we just associate being from that place with being that race – think about it. i guess you could refer to the jewish race as the hebrews, but who would do that.

  6. Anonymous

    hah

    jews don’t seem like a race because 1. it’s primarily a religion, and 2. their country is so new, and all other races have homes that date back so far that we just associate being from that place with being that race – think about it. i guess you could refer to the jewish race as the hebrews, but who would do that.

  7. Anonymous

    webster defines race: a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristic. Jews are a race due to their interests being money accumulation and world domination, their habits of eating big crackers and wearing funny hats, and their hook-nose characteristics. Glad I could put this to rest.

  8. Anonymous

    webster defines race: a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristic.
    Jews are a race due to their interests being money accumulation and world domination, their habits of eating big crackers and wearing funny hats, and their hook-nose characteristics. Glad I could put this to rest.

  9. Anonymous

    if jewish isn’t a race, then neither is russian, irish, scottish, or american… so i don’t really see your point, 11:27…

  10. Anonymous

    if jewish isn’t a race, then neither is russian, irish, scottish, or american… so i don’t really see your point, 11:27…

  11. Anonymous

    love you anika. you looked and sounded great. you know who this is. represent my little ruskie hapa.toots

  12. Anonymous

    love you anika. you looked and sounded great. you know who this is. represent my little ruskie hapa.

    toots

  13. Anonymous

    11:27, clearly you haven’t met one of the many jews on campus who would love to explain the jewish race to you.

  14. Anonymous

    11:27, clearly you haven’t met one of the many jews on campus who would love to explain the jewish race to you.

  15. Anonymous

    i’m half asian and still only know a handful of half asian on campus. i wish there were ways we could casually bump into one another. i can’t just look for other people who sometimes seem awkward at the asian events.

  16. Anonymous

    i’m half asian and still only know a handful of half asian on campus. i wish there were ways we could casually bump into one another. i can’t just look for other people who sometimes seem awkward at the asian events.

  17. Anonymous

    I liked the video a lot. It did look at potentially superficial areas but they are worth exploring. This is especially true because there isn’t a large half community, so others (like me) don’t have the vaguest idea of what other half-asians think of basic (superficial?) things. Anyways, thanks for the video.

  18. Anonymous

    I liked the video a lot. It did look at potentially superficial areas but they are worth exploring. This is especially true because there isn’t a large half community, so others (like me) don’t have the vaguest idea of what other half-asians think of basic (superficial?) things. Anyways, thanks for the video.

  19. chooeee

    cool video.just wanted to add that there’s lots of debate on the usage of the word hapa by asian americans and i am wondering why you specifically decided to use the world “hapa” here, especially in a context outside of hawai’i? its important to think about what asian americans have to gain by appropriating this hawaiian term and how this appropriation is connected to the non-hawaiian ownership of hawai’i, and the consequential erasure of native hawaiians.this might be interesting to check out: http://www.realhapas.com/

  20. chooeee

    cool video.

    just wanted to add that there’s lots of debate on the usage of the word hapa by asian americans and i am wondering why you specifically decided to use the world “hapa” here, especially in a context outside of hawai’i? its important to think about what asian americans have to gain by appropriating this hawaiian term and how this appropriation is connected to the non-hawaiian ownership of hawai’i, and the consequential erasure of native hawaiians.

    this might be interesting to check out: http://www.realhapas.com/

  21. Anonymous

    It’s a term used in Hawaii. It doesn’t necessarily mean half Asian it just means half or mixed ethnicity.

  22. Anonymous

    It’s a term used in Hawaii. It doesn’t necessarily mean half Asian it just means half or mixed ethnicity.

  23. Anonymous

    I’m also half-asian and have never heard that term before. how bizarre. I would have liked this to address some other issues, rather than only surface-level stuff

  24. Anonymous

    I’m also half-asian and have never heard that term before. how bizarre.
    I would have liked this to address some other issues, rather than only surface-level stuff

  25. Anonymous

    whoa, I’m half-asian and I’ve never heard the term Hapa before. Learn something new everyday I guess

  26. Anonymous

    whoa, I’m half-asian and I’ve never heard the term Hapa before. Learn something new everyday I guess

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