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To our visitors and participants on this forum, we would like to add the following mission used by the Hispanic Leadership as of possible interest:

Established in November 2003, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) works to promote alternative approaches to challenges faced by more than 40 million Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent living in the United States today. Through educational partnerships and events, CHLI will provide opportunities for discussion and exploration of strategic solutions for community challenges that in turn, benefit the nation as a whole.
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Portuguese people are different: The Portuguese population have stayed relatively isolated in the last few thousand years which makes them unique from the rest of the Iberian population. This conclusion was the result of a study made by the University of Coimbra in Portugal and the University of Madrid in Spain. This study may have important applications in the organ transplant of individuals of Portuguese origin or ancestry. The study was published in the magazine "Immunogenetics."
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To all Portuguese-Americans and/or Portuguese-Canadians:

Read several definitions of Hispanic first before considering yourselves as Hispanics;
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Hispanic is basically an American term, not used in Europe;
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Even people from Spain are not Hispanics; they are Spanish;
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In Portuguese we use the term "Lusófonos" to describe people of Portuguese descent or culture. 
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Here are some definitions:
Main Entry: His·pan·ic
Pronunciation: hi-'spa-nik
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin Hispanicus, from Hispania Iberian Peninsula, Spain. Date: circa 1889
Hispanic: of, relating to, or being a person of Latin American descent living in the U.S.; especially : one of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin (Merriam-Webster´s Collegiate dictionary)

Hispanic: (connected with) a person who lives in the United States but who originally came from, or whose family came from, S America, Mexico, Cuba or Puerto Rico ( Cambridge International Dictionary of English )

Hispanic:
connected with a person who lives in the US but who originally came from or whose family came from Spanish-speaking Latin America
A Hispanic-American is an American citizen of Hispanic origin. ( Cambridge Dictionary of American English )

Hispanic: Meaning (information, definition, explanation, facts) Hispanic, as used in the United States, is one of several terms used to categorize US citizens, permanent residents and temporary immigrants, whose background hail either from Spain or the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America. The term is used as a form of classification for the immigrants and descendants of a wide range of ethnicities, races and nationalities who use Spanish as their primary language.  http://explanation-guide.info/meaning/Hispanic.html

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) two definitions found: Hispanic \His*pan"ic\, a. [L. Hispanicus.]
Of or pertaining to Spain or its language; as, Hispanic words.

From WordNet (r) 1.6 : Hispanic adj : related to or derived from the people or culture of Spain;" the Hispanic population of California is growing rapidly" [syn: Hispanic, Latino]

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This Forum has brought interesting reactions, but it seems that the term Hispanic as used in the USA is not completely understood. May be the following will help:

The term Hispanic has been used in the USA by the Census to establish the number of people who are from North, Central and South America and either speak Spanish or originated from a country that speaks Spanish.

We do not believe that the US Government is trying to state that one group is better than the other. Portuguese and Spanish are not better or worse, they are different. Yes, all of us belong to the human race, yes we all have our regional pride, but this is not the question for this forum.

The question: Should a person who came from Portugal or from a Portuguese speaking country consider him/herself Hispanic within the meaning represented by the Census, or place the name Portuguese under the "OTHER" classification?

We also pose another question related to nationalities: Is there a difference between Canadians and Americans?

Politicians love to represent large numbers of people. The final result produced by the Census will determine the electoral Districts and to a certain extent the allocation of funds to help a particular group towards education or other purposes. We request our readers that the discussion be kept in that perspective. Also we request that writer be properly identified. The Editor, PAHRF.
If no name is enclosed we'll add the email address from the sender.

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Portuguese, Portucalense, Lusitanian or Hispanic? Find out the differences. Click here.

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Was a Hispanic Justice on the Court in the ’30s?
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Hi, I believe that the media and our government should be advised that Portuguese are not hispanic. There should be some kind of policy. Julie Cino -------------------------------

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