Am I Hispanic or Latino?
November 5, 2010 2:18 PM Subscribe
I am looking for work and have a question. When it comes to which race box to choose. My father was born and raised in Panama,
posted by jennstra to Society & Culture (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
wondering does that mean I can check "Hispanic or Latino? He was raised speaking Spanish and living in a Latin culture.
I found this on some census info Definition of Hispanic
It is important to understand that the definition of Hispanic varies widely depending upon the source you use. Some say that “Hispanic” refers to race, but this is not true. Hispanic defines a region of origin, not a person’s race.
The U.S. Census Bureau also concurs that Hispanic refers to region, not race, and uses the term to describe any person, regardless of race, creed, or color, whose origins are Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or of some other Hispanic origin. In fact, areas conquered by the Spaniards were considered part of a region originally called Hispania.
Other definitions are much broader and try to define Hispanic in cultural terms; “related to Spanish-speaking people or culture,” rather than to either race of region.