dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #739
ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Fri Nov 7 11:29:41 EST 2003
> And I thought 'Latino' or 'Latina' only referred to people whose
> background was from Latin America - which doesn't include Mexico, does it?
Latin America includes Mexico. Maybe you're remembering that Mexico
is in North America? Most people in the USofA have a lot of trouble
remembering that -- they think Mexico is in Central America.
Latino/Latina is the latest permutation I know of, though I admit
that where I live now is hardly on the cutting edge of PCness.
When I was in the law school admissions biz in the mid 70s, we were
going through a period of 'Spanish-surnamed'.
The problem with 'Hispanic' is that it apparently refers to
the Caribbean islands or something -- I've never been entirely
clear on this -- but in the eastern USofA it mostly means folks
from Puerto Rico and their descendants [sp?]. 'Chicano', on
another paw, definitely means people from Mexico. The dept. in
my university was Chicano/Boricua Studies. I don't even remember
what 'Boricua' means.
PC note: The only totally PC way to refer to the United States
of America is just that. That's why I use USofA. 'America'
covers the whole hemisphere, and even 'United States' isn't
enough because Mexico is a 'United States', too. Ain't life
To unsubscribe, email dwj-request at suberic.net with the body "unsubscribe".
Visit the archives at http://suberic.net/dwj/list/
More information about the Dwj