Chicano or Latino or Hispanic

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Chicano or Latino or Hispanic :

“Chicano” means “Mexican-American,” and not all the people denoted by this term like it. When speaking of people living in the U.S. from various other Spanish-speaking countries, “Chicano” is an error for “Latino” or “Hispanic.”

Only “Hispanic” can include people with a Spanish as well as with a Latin American heritage; and some people of Latin American heritage object to it as ignoring the Native American element in that population. Only “Latino” could logically include Portuguese-speaking Brazilians, though that is rarely done.

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