Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Hispanic Heritage Month

Established in 1988, Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15-October 15.  My first question was why these particular dates?  Why didn't it start on the first of the month?  

The answer is actually quite simple:  September 15 is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18. 

My other question was:  is my family considered "Hispanic"?  I have had this debate about my Spanish husband for years--people generally seem to think that you must be of Latin American origin to be considered "Hispanic".  

My thoughts were that any advantages given to Hispanics (just as with African Americans) should be to counteract the stereotypes--in our case, Spanish as a first language and a latino name front and center on the resume.  Simply enough, aren't all Latinos "Spanish" in origin?

Turns out I'm correct (hurrah!)

The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino." Click here to find Hispanic countries of origin.

Here are some events around the nation to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Unfortunately, it looks like Pittsburgh is lacking (to be fair, Atlanta--where we lived before was a "hot spot" of latinos and had a ton of events for adults and kiddies alike) but I could find this.  And, although it's not quite related to Hispanic Heritage month, there is a Spanish storytime this weekend at the main library that may work to get you into the spirit!

Here's a fun quiz by Brain Quest to see how much you know about Hispanic culture!

1 comment:

Lylliam said...

Here is some more information I found about "Hispanic" related events going in in Pittsburgh:

Teatro de los Sentidos - U.S. Premiere of El Eco de la Sombra - Led by founder Enrique Vargas, Barcelona based Teatro de los Sentidos investigates the poetics of the senses in works that make the audience the main character of their own creative experience. The Ellis School Academy, Penn Avenue at Putnam. Wed. Oct. 15 to Sat., Oct. 18, 7-11PM /// Sun., Oct. 19, 3-7PM /// Tues., Oct. 21 to Sat. Oct. 25, 7-11PM. Tickets $25 PIFOF.org or 412-456-666
Banda Azucar - Calico Jacks Cantina - Every Wednesday: Salsa Dance lesson from 9-12am. Live at 10pm Latin dance band Azucar www.azucarband.com. DJ Marlon Silva between and after band, till 2am. Cover $8 (add $2 for dance lesson). www.calicojackspitt.com
Amigos del Cine LatinoAmericano Some films are adult in nature and may not be appropriate for young audiences /// Wednesdays @ 7:30 p.m. /// Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University Pittsburgh /// For more information: amigoscinelatinoamericano08@gmail.com /// Sponsored By: Center for Latin American Studies, Hispanic Languages & Literatures, Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection at: http://amigosdelcinelatinoamericano2008.blogspot.com/

Every Thursday. Altar Bar Every Thursday – salsa lesson from 9pm-1pm & a 2-set show by us from 10pm-1am /// DJ Juan Diego VII /// 18 yrs old and up welcome /// www.altarbar.com