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Latino Identity

What Does It Mean to Be Latino? Everyone Brandishes the Term, but There Are Many Meanings and Interpretations

Andres T. Tapia | Posted 11.15.2014 | Latino Voices
Andres T. Tapia

When we say "Latino" or "Hispanic," are we referring to the first-, second-, third-, or fourth-generation Latino? The baby boomer, generation X, or millennial Latino? The English-, Spanish-, or Spanglish-dominant Hispanic? The Peruvian immigrant or the Honduran American born in Wichita? Or any of the other hyphenated Latinos coming from 27 different national heritages?

Hispanics Are Thinking Outside The Box For Census' Race Question

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 04.07.2014 | Latino Voices

It seems Hispanics are thinking outside the box -- especially when it comes to race. A U.S. Census report released in late March showed that of the...

Human Rights and Tourism: Why I Will Not Visit the Dominican Republic

Kumera Genet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

I was playing as a musician in a merengue band at the time and one of the parents joked that I should take a trip if I liked Dominican culture so much. For now, this visit is no longer in my plans because the Dominican Government has decided to treat a group of its people in a manner that I can't ignore.

Hispanic vs. Latino Makes Little Difference, Unless You're In This State

VOXXI | Juliana Barrera | Posted 10.30.2013 | Latino Voices

Hispanic or Latino? It’s a question that America’s growing Hispanic population gets asked every time we fill out a job application or a survey. Bu...

'I Am Latino. I Am American. I Understand.'

Cleveland.com | Juan Caminero | Posted 09.01.2013 | Latino Voices

I wonder what a chief of the Taino tribe would say if he could see his people now. Would he recognize me as one of his own? Would his tribal tongue ma...

Latinos on Madison Avenue: A Call to Action

Melissa Pitts | Posted 03.09.2013 | Latino Voices
Melissa Pitts

Where are the leaders on Madison Avenue? Perhaps its time for a little soul searching within the community.

Negotiating Identity, Diversity and Recognition

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 01.14.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

The Smithsonian's Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture and Latino Center, in collaboration with units around the Institution, is engaged in several initiatives by, for and about the diverse resident Latino population.

Identity Defined By Journalists And Scholars

Posted 06.15.2012 | Latino Voices

Back in April, the Pew Hispanic Center released a study titled "When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity." The study found that...

What Is A Chicano?

Cheech Marin | Posted 07.03.2012 | Home
Cheech Marin

To me, you have to declare yourself a Chicano in order to be a Chicano. That makes a Chicano a Mexican-American with a defiant political attitude that centers on his or her right to self-definition. I'm a Chicano because I say I am.

Latino? Why, Yes, Thank You

Rita Rico | Posted 07.03.2012 | Latino Voices
Rita Rico

In this election year, I wonder why it is that those of us identified as Latino feel the need to point out what a diverse community we are? Certainly we should acknowledge our differences, but perhaps all of our assertions of difference are politically detrimental at a certain point.

Semana Latina: How Far Have Judeo-Latino Relations Progressed?

Gabriel Lerner | Posted 04.21.2012 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Lerner

For us Latinos, the organized Jewish community has been an important ally in the quest for an immigration reform. And for us Jews, the alliance with the Latino community and support of its advancement keeps us in the right side of history.

Some Hispanics Identify With Countries Of Origin

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 06.04.2012 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON — A majority of Hispanics prefer to identify themselves according to their families' countries of origin, rather than by the governme...

Study: 'Hispanic' Preferred Term Over 'Latino'

The Huffington Post | Cristina Costantini | Posted 04.04.2012 | Latino Voices

Hispanic or Latino? That is the question. A Pew Hispanic Center study released on Wednesday holds that most members of the ethnic group the terms...

Why Do Latinos Self-Hate?

Galina Espinoza | Posted 12.26.2011 | Latino Voices
Galina Espinoza

The details may change, but every Latino shares a version of the same story: that moment when another Latino attacked her . . . for not being Latino enough.

Punto Latino: Population Growing, Identity Shifting

Voto Latino | Posted 12.21.2011 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

Latinos in the United States rally together because in this country they are faced with many of the same issues, and so it is politically important to have some kind of unity--racial differences has nothing to do with it.

Punto Latino: Population Growing, Identity Shifting

Voto Latino | Posted 12.21.2011 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

Latinos in the United States rally together because in this country they are faced with many of the same issues, and so it is politically important to have some kind of unity--racial differences has nothing to do with it.

Hispanics Must Shift Their Focus from Being Valuable to Being Responsible

Glenn Llopis | Posted 12.07.2011 | Latino Voices
Glenn Llopis

Unlike other communities that continually seek to cultivate influence, Hispanics don't lift one another. Why? We have trouble trusting others let alone ourselves; thus fueling our own identity crisis.

Am I Latino Enough?

Yvette Borja | Posted 11.17.2011 | Latino Voices
Yvette Borja

At Yale, being encouraged to put cultural identity on display for reasons other than natural impulse, seemed bizarre to me. Who was this show being put on for, exactly?