What Is Hispanic?

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Lots of people don-t know they-re Hispanic. Many others think they-re Hispanic when they really aren-t. In any case, Hispanics-or Latinos, have now surpassed blacks as America-s biggest, official minority, and in California, more than 50 percent of all newborn children are Hispanic. But what does the term -Hispanic- really mean? How will this ethnic population shift affect public policy issues? We hear more about the terminology and the people from Jorge del Pinal of the US Census Bureau and Harry Pachon of the Tom-s Rivera Policy Institute, a Latino issues think-tank at Claremont Graduate University.
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LAEDC's 2003-2004 Economic Forecast

Hispanic Population of the US

Councilman Weiss- 10-Point Plan for Preparing LA for Terrorism



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton