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What ethnicity/race is Guyanese considered?

surfrgrlsurfrgrl Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited May 2011 in College Admissions
I've been filling out my college apps and I keep encountering this issue.
My dad is from India and my mom is from Guyana. I've always put Asian for my race, but I feel like I'm ignoring my mom's side. Guyana is located in South America, but is it considered the Caribbean (in this case some apps say I would check Black/African American and then specify the Caribbean) or should I put Hispanic/Latio since Guyana is in South America?
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Replies to: What ethnicity/race is Guyanese considered?

  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Registered User Posts: 24,853 Senior Member
    Guyanese people can be of any race. Is your mom of white, black, Asian, Native American descent or mixed?
  • boramkboramk Registered User Posts: 338 Member
    Unfortunately, colleges don't give a rats where you are from (mostly), its about the colour of your skin..
  • MathcountserMathcountser Registered User Posts: 770 Junior Member
    You'd be better off not putting Asian if possible. You have a defense and it will help you in the admissions process.
  • surfrgrlsurfrgrl Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    My mom is of Asian descent. So does that mean I just put Asian?
    I was honestly hoping to seem more diverse than that. Guyanese and Indian may share the same descent, but are two different cultures.
  • BillyMcBillyMc . Posts: 7,753 Senior Member
    Since nearly half of Guyana is East Indian, it would be feasible for someone from Guyana to put "Hispanic" for ethnicity then "Asian" for race, which is a possible combination. If your mother is a Hispanic East Indian and your father is an East Indian, indicating yourself as Hispanic and Asian would be the most accurate.
  • vancootenvancooten Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    my mums half British an half Jamaican and my dads full Guyanese although i understand this im not sure if im latin, black british or mixed race ?
  • bouncybouncy Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    Either from what I read its better not to put asian in the admisson process

    Beside your far off from asian in a certain sense compared to all the othe lineages u have
  • HuntHunt Registered User Posts: 26,851 Senior Member
    I think the OP has to put "Asian" if she is going to put anything. Guyana is an Anglophone country, so it makes no sense to put Hispanic (just as somebody from Brazil can't do so). In her case, both parents are Asians, even if only one of them was born in Asia.

    I'm assuming that the mother is entirely of Asian descent--if she is of mixed heritage, then the answer might be different.
  • BillyMcBillyMc . Posts: 7,753 Senior Member
    it makes no sense to put Hispanic (just as somebody from Brazil can't do so)
    Often it's "Hispanic/Latino," in which case a Brazilian would be Latino. The terms are used synonymously, but they actually vary in who they include, so it ends up distorting the applicant demographics.
  • HuntHunt Registered User Posts: 26,851 Senior Member
    In this case, though, there is nothing Latino about Guyana. The national language is English, and the majority of the people are Asian or African.

    But here's a definition from the Census Bureau, which I think would exclude Brazilians also:
    Hispanics or Latinos are those people who classified themselves in one of the specific Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino categories listed on the Census 2000 questionnaire -"Mexican, Mexican Am., Chicano," "Puerto Rican", or "Cuban" -as well as those who indicate that they are "other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino." Persons who indicated that they are "other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino" include those whose origins are from Spain, the Spanish-speaking countries of Central or South America, the Dominican Republic or people identifying themselves generally as Spanish, Spanish-American, Hispanic, Hispano, Latino, and so on.

    Origin can be viewed as the heritage, nationality group, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person's parents or ancestors before their arrival in the United States.

    People who identify their origin as Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino may be of any race. Thus, the percent Hispanic should not be added to percentages for racial categories. Tallies that show race categories for Hispanics and nonHispanics separately are available.
  • BillyMcBillyMc . Posts: 7,753 Senior Member
    People who identify their origin as Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino may be of any race.
    This suggests that someone from Guyana could be Hispanic/Latino if they spoke Spanish or were Hispanic in culture, regardless of being genetically Asian or African.
  • HuntHunt Registered User Posts: 26,851 Senior Member
    That's true, but there's no reason to think that's true of the OP, who is Indian (as in, from India) on both sides. Again, Guyana is not a Spanish-speaking country.
  • BillyMcBillyMc . Posts: 7,753 Senior Member
    English is the official language, as per British colonization. However, significant portions of the population speak other languages, and officially recognized languages include Guyanese Creole, Portuguese, Hindi, Spanish, Akawaio, Macushi, Wai Wai, Arawak, Patamona, Warrau, Carib, Wapishiana, Arekuna.

    So it comes down to the culture and often language of the person in question as to whether or not they qualify as Hispanic.

    Only the OP's father is from India, the mother is not.
  • HuntHunt Registered User Posts: 26,851 Senior Member
    The OP says her mom "is of Asian descent."
  • pch340pch340 Registered User Posts: 811 Member
    BillyMc was arguing on this topic 5 months ago, it gets bumped back up and he starts arguing about it again, seamlessly, as if there was never a 5 month period between the posts hahaha
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