Episode 28 – Mixed Heritage

SJCTM - 28 - Mixed Heritage

It's not alien, it's utopian! In this episode, Raymond and Carolyn discuss the history, the social politics, and the experience of having mixed heritage. From the reasons for so many Japanese Canadians being of mixed heritage, to describing yourself as "half", "mixed", or of course "hapa", even to the level of your own name, having mixed heritage is a complicated experience. This double-sized episode of Sounds Japanese Canadian to Me is just one part of a huge and continuously evolving conversation.

Further reading:

Dariotis, Wei Ming. "Hapa: The Word of Power". Mixed Heritage Center.

Donella, Leah. "'Racial Imposter Syndrome': Here Are Your Stories". NPR

Johnson, Akemi. "Who Gets To Be 'Hapa'?". NPR.

Laughlin, Alex. "'Half Asian'? 'Half White'? No — 'Hapa'". NPR.

Milan, Anne, Hélène Maheux, and Tina Chui. "A portrait of couples in mixed unions". Statistics Canada.

Porzucki, Nina. "How the Hawaiian word 'hapa' came to be used by people of mixed heritage". The World in Words.

Solomon, Scott. "The future is mixed-race". Aeon.

Stearns, Jeff Chiba. Website.  One Big Hapa Family.