“Hapa”, a term originates in Hawaii, is used to describe a person of partial Asian or Pacific Islander descent. Today, the multiracial population in the United States is growing faster than at any other time in history. As many as 17 million Americans identify themselves as of more than one race. Many children are confronted with their identities, especially when questioned about “being different”.
With delightful photographs, I am Hapa encourages children to look within themselves and appreciate the diverse cultures and ethnicities that make each person special. I am Hapa is the first trilingual children’s book celebrating the multiracial and multicultural experience.
The theme of love and acceptance of differences helps kids take pride in their unique version of self and family, particularly for multiracial children. You’ll want to read this book with your young ones over and over as the acceptance and love radiates from the pages. — Skipping Stones Magazine
Written in English, Spanish, and Chinese, the simple text celebrates each child’s uniqueness. For youngsters who identify with more than one culture or ethnicity as well as for the adults in their lives, this title is sure to encourage self-exploration and cultural pride as well as embracing the characteristics that make each of us unique. — Goodreads
Readers can take part in this joyful Hapa celebration. For those looking to make their collections more diverse and introduce the term Hapa to their patrons, this option fits the bill. — School Library Journal