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Creation of Hapa....

Growing up with a traditional Chinese family in the middle of Texas, made it a little tough for an avid fashion lover. Nothing related to fashion, design, or style would ever be mentioned in our home. It was always about school, grades, and whatever other accomplishment we could achieve. If you have traditional Asian parents like mine, you would understand the talks about what level piano (or violin)  your parents friends' children were at, and that we should be doing better. All the talks about going to a great university, and becoming a doctor. That we must always get 100% on everything or we'll fail in life. Thus, was my life through most of my teenage years.

But in my heart, I yearned for more than grades. I needed creativity, not science or math or those hours in front of a piano just playing notes to make it seem like I was practicing. But what could I do? 'I must go to an ivy league school and become a doctor, or a lawyer, if the doctor thing didn't work out'... really?! But I did it anyways. I worked my butt off to go to an 'amazing' school; for my parents.

I was accepted into UCLA and graduated with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Needless to say, this was as far as one could get from apparel, fashion, design, or anything creative. But hey, there was a plus side to this. I was now out of Texas (away from parental influences) and  in the heart of Los Angeles. I was introduced to so many mixes of culture, fashion, and ways of expression! And that was it!

I didn't continue to medical school, but at least I gave my parents half of what they wanted. After I graduated, I knew it was time to move on to what drives me. I wanted to share with everyone the style and feel of Southern California through fashion. Very few places in the world have such a diverse mix of culture, tradition, and an appreciation for style. All these aspects together cultivate a special place as I see it. And this is the essence of HAPA.

If you haven't heard of the term before, HAPA means a person of mixed ethnic heritage. Originally derived from the native Hawaiian tongue, it literally means 'half.' Many people use the term now to describe individuals of half Asian decent. Not only are my children HAPA's, but they live their lives daily to incorporate many traditions and cultures.

There is no one correct way to live your life and express yourself. Wether it be through music, art, or fashion. Whichever road takes your breath away is the road you must take! We hope that our items have made a special memory in your life; that when you see it on the hanger it puts a smile on your face!

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