In March 2021, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center partnered with Salted Logic, an indigenous women-led media collective to bring their Youth Access program to a group of 8 students from Hawai’i. This four-day workshop sought to give the next generation the tools and knowledge to become effective and influential storytellers. As experts of their own lived experience, we asked them to have hard conversations about language, identity, and culture – centered around the word ‘hapa’. They called me, ‘Hapa’ is an audio experience meant to guide you through conversations around self-acceptance, group identity, and multiculturalism.
Episode 3: The Hapa Dilemma
In this episode we ask the question... Who gets to be hapa?
Episode 2: Old Wives Tales, And Exotic Places
How has colonization aided in commodifiction of Hawaiian culture? Where did the myth of the ʻracial utopiaʻ come from?
In this episode we discuss why you canʻt solve racism by moving to Hawaiʻi.
Episode 1: Make Me Whole
We sit down with a group of students from Hawaiʻi to ask them about how they see themselves.
Do they consider themselves Hapa? What does it mean to hold multiple identities at once.