For example, Macau has Eurasians; India has Eurasians (aka Anglo-Indians); Hong Kong and Sri Lanka and Burma have Eurasians. There are other definitions
for the term, but as far as I define it “Eurasian” means one thing: a bloodline traceable to original European colonials. Macau Eurasians, for example, see themselves as utterly distinctive. Even if you are Portuguese-Chinese mixed they still won’t accept you as “Eurasian” by their standards if you were not from the accepted colonial bloodlines.There are plenty of fascinating “Eurasian” stories, surrounded by a rich material culture but “Eurasian” is too singular and closed.
“Hapa” is a term I really want to like. I really do. I have a number of friends who identify as “Hapa.” — i.e. mixed race and/or mixed culture in the broadest sense. Nonetheless, I struggled with “Hapa” because it was and is so vague. Eventually I drifted from it, and not exactly because Native Hawaiians wanted it back for their exclusive ethnic usage.
“Hapa” tries to be everything to everyone. It was nice to hang out with some cool people in the “Hapa”college clubs, but ultimately “Hapa” had no answer to questions like: “Dad wants me to be ‘family-first,’ while Mom wants me to be self-reliant- what do I do?”
“Eurasian” was closed and elitist, while “Hapa” felt good but just didn’t have the utility. I had to create my own term in the book — “bothness.”