Haeppy (Born July 24, 1988), is a Canadian social media personality of Hong Kong descent based in South Korea.
Haeppy was born in Montreal, Canada and spent his early years in French immersion schooling until his mother switched him over to an English-speaking private school in the 1st grade. He was then moved once more across the country to Vancouver to start the 4th grade at a public elementary school after which he promptly lost most of his French language abilities.
He stayed in Vancouver for the rest of his education, attending the University of British Columbia majoring in English Literature. He spent the next few years after graduation bouncing from job to job as most English Literature majors do. It wasn’t until 2013 that he decided to move to South Korea to teach English through the EPIK program.
Let’s rewind a bit. Back in 2010, Haeppy went on a student exchange to Korea University for a full school year. It was then that he fell in love with living in Korea, specifically Seoul. He knew he’d one day return and return he did.
As a Canadian, the easiest way to go to Korea is to become an English teacher. Luckily for him, Haeppy had spent most of his secondary school and university years teaching English to immigrant children. His English Literature major and ability to ace any interview he receives landed him a spot in Seoul at 홍릉초등학교.
And so, in August, 2013, his adventure in Korea began.
Let’s rewind again. Way back. As a wee youngster, Haeppy had always wanted to do something in the motion picture industry. Actor, Director, Voice Actor, anything. However, even to this day, Hollywood isn’t exactly ripe with opportunity for anyone other than White, Black or Hispanic actors. Because of this, Haeppy never pursued those aspirations.
Fast-forward to Korea, 2014. After being persuaded to go to a small excursion to Tokyo, Japan by non other than Xander, and becoming much closer friends, he was offered the opportunity to collaborate on a video for the BapMokja channel. The collaboration was a great success for the size of the channel at the time and a Youtube partnership was born. Thanks to Xander, Haeppy was able to fulfill his dream of becoming an entertainer. Whatever may come in the future, Haeppy will always be grateful to Xander for this gift.
The decision to take on a stage name was made for two reasons.
First, to separate his private identity from his social media persona. Although Haeppy is often true to himself, there are still differences between his true identity and how he portrays himself on screen. This also allows him to maintain a modicum of privacy, screening most people from his life prior to the creation of Haeppy.
Second, to mark a pivotal change in the direction of his life. Taking on the new name effectively divides the old from the new. This is why Haeppy insists on not revealing his birth name where possible in order to create a more solid division between his identities.
To begin with, Haeppy wanted a name that was easy to remember and represented who he was as a person. At the time, Pharrell Williams’ song, Happy, was trending. Since Haeppy is a generally happy person and loves to bring happiness and laughter to those around him, it just made sense. Also, Haeppy’s Chinese name means, “Happy Life”. However, the word, “happy”, is nearly impossible to brand. As a way to pay homage to his life in Korea and what Korea has offered him, Haeppy added an “e” next to the “a” as that is how Koreans would pronounce it (해피). His personal youtube channel and instagram handle, cuzimhaeppy, is derived from the main line in Pharrell’s song.
Haeppy loves MOBAs. He started this obsession with the Warcraft 3 UMS game, DotA. He then moved on to Heroes of Newerth. In 2010, on his student exchange to Korea, after continuously trouncing his fellow students at DotA, he was introduced to League of Legends (LoL) in order to level the playing field. Since then, LoL has been the only game Haeppy has stuck with through the years.
Haeppy also dabbled in dozens of MMORPGs including most of the free Korean ones and major titles such as Ragnarok Online, Guild Wars 2, Blade and Soul, Black Desert, etc.
His experience with First-Person Shooters is limited to the Counterstrike franchise, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the Left 4 Dead franchise, and Overwatch.
Currently, in 2018, Haeppy is playing Heroes Arena, a MOBA for IOS and Android.
Ore Wa Otaku Desu
Before becoming enamored with Korea, Haeppy was a through and through Weeaboo, albeit a high-functioning one. His love for all things Japanese perseveres to this day. He enjoys binge watching anime of all genres and has probably watched every major franchise. He also reads most of the mangas as well.
When Haeppy meets up with his brother, they weeb out together, often screaming out common anime catchphrases at the top of their lungs.
Haeppy has been fortunate enough to travel quite a lot. In North America, he’s been to Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Irvine. In Europe, he’s been to France, England, and Switzerland. In Asia he’s been to Japan, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Kazakhstan.
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/cuzimhaeppy
Twitter : https://www.twitter.com/cuzimhaeppy
Personal YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTEUCrbknzodNw3x5iVfxyw