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  •  What are your thoughts on "Latino" at all? (2+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541, Denise Oliver Velez

    By that I mean, to what extent do you think it is helpful or harmful to have a single term for all these varied groups?

    Heck, by one definition of "Hispanic" our mutual friend Pedro is Hispanic (for those who don't know, Pedro is from Spain which is, after all, a Spanish speaking country).

    But, more seriously, the cultures, backgrounds, voting patterns, immigration patterns etc. of people from places as diverse as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and all the countries of central and South America vary hugely.

    Making those groups into one group tends to blur that.

    OTOH, making one group of those groups also would seem to give them more power.

    •  I have problems with all of the grabbag (1+ / 0-)
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      plf515

      demographic categories - unfortunately we are stuck with them.  

      I mean "Asian-American" - look at that one.  Sheesh.  

      It does however (when coalitions are formed) make for larger power group.

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      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:47:25 AM PST

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      •  There was an article on Asian American (1+ / 0-)
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        Denise Oliver Velez

        in this week's Economist.  It said, among other things, that while immigrants from the various Asian countries tend to prefer more specific names (Indian American, Vietnamese American etc.) their kids tend to prefer the larger grouping.

        Still ....  Asian-American .... that would include Israelis and Arabs and some Russians and Chinese and Japanese and so on and on and on.

        Then, of course, there's African American. Which logically would have to include people whose ancestors came from Egypt or Tunisia, but doesn't.  

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