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Am I Hispanic or Mexican American?

dillbilly123dillbilly123 Registered User Posts: 578 Member
edited November 2011 in Hispanic Students
My mom was born in mexico, my dad in el salvador, and myself in the u.s. So am i hispanic or Mexican american??

thank you
Post edited by dillbilly123 on

Replies to: Am I Hispanic or Mexican American?

  • silverturtlesilverturtle Registered User Posts: 12,496 Senior Member
    Can't you be both?
  • yawnyawn . Posts: 2,141 Senior Member
    Why couldn't you also be El Salvadorian-American?
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    You are Hispanic AND Mexican-American AND ES-American.

    Hispanic is an umbrella category that includes all Spanish speaking (and sometimes Brazilian) cultures. Within Hispanic there are the various countries of origin, of which you have two in your background.
  • GreeneryGreenery Registered User Posts: 975 Member
    Yes, both: (See wikipedia) - Mexican Americans are Americans of Mexican descent. They account for 9% of the country's population: 28.3 million Americans listed their ancestry as Mexican as of 2006. They form the largest Hispanic or Latino group in the United States,[1] and contain the largest group of White Hispanic and Latino Americans.[2] Most Mexican Americans ultimately descend from a combination of Europeans,[3][4] especially Spaniards, and the Indigenous peoples of Mexico. Most Mexican American settlement concentrations are in metropolitan and rural areas across the United States, usually in the Southwest
  • dillbilly123dillbilly123 Registered User Posts: 578 Member
    so which would i check on college apps and stuff?? because the other day my class and i were filling out the ap info packets and there was an option for both hispanic and mexican american.
  • twomulestwomules - Posts: 1,207 Senior Member
    Did it limit you to only checking one or could you have checked mex-am and other hispanic, filling in the el salvador?
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    The CA lets you mark all that apply, so you could indicate both M-A and Hispanic/Lationo, country, ES.

    I'm not sure if the SAT gives you the option of multiple choices.
  • _daniel_daniel Registered User Posts: 665 Member
    you're both, as am i :)
  • momokinsmomokins Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    it is important to understand that one; hispanic - is an ethnicity and the other; Mexican-American is a nationality.
    Hispanic means that you share a spanish or spaniard culture. E.g. Many latin american countries, portuguege countries and Spain all have individuals of hispanic background; owever, their nationalities differ.
    Do you have American Status? yes; thus you are american. do you have mexican status? yes, thus you are also mexican. do you have el salvadorian status? yes, you are also salvadorian.
    Therefore if you have rights to all 3 countries you are a el salvadorian-mexican-american.
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    Do you have American Status? yes; thus you are american. do you have mexican status? yes, thus you are also mexican. do you have el salvadorian status? yes, you are also salvadorian.
    Therefore if you have rights to all 3 countries you are a el salvadorian-mexican-american.

    By 'status' and 'rights' do you mean citizenship status? If so, you country of origin does not necessarily have to be connected with nationality in the sense of having citizenship status. One can be 'whatever'-American with or without citizenship in 'whatever' country.
  • stlrjonstlrjon Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    WEll I would say you are an AMERICAN but will likely get some special status
  • 2bnoir2bnoir Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    I disagree that Hispanic is an ethnicity, then how can you have people of all races be described as Hispanic. Hispanic is a culture. Dillbilly you are Hispanic, you can choose which nationality you prefer. You are an American first. I am of the Latin culture, same as the Italians, but we are all Americans.
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    I disagree that Hispanic is an ethnicity, then how can you have people of all races be described as Hispanic.

    Please read post #1 of the Definition sticky thread to understand the definitions of ethnicity and race.

    Please do not dig up old posts and reply, this OP has not posted for over a year.

    Closing.
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